271 Pakistani prisoners released after payment of Rs 16m
04 September, 2013
ISLAMABAD: As many 271 Pakistanis, who had completed their sentences against petty charges in jails of different countries, have been released after payment of Rs 16 million.
The Foreign Office provided the information during a recent meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control.
According to the Foreign Office, 77 prisoners, who had completed their sentences but were not being released due to non-payment of fines, were freed from Dubai during May and June 2013.
An amount of Rs 8,799,872 sanctioned from the government account was paid to authorities in Dubai for the payment of fine.
The committee was also informed that in April 2013, the government incurred the expenditure on the payment of the lawyer's fee for the release and repatriation of 14 Pakistani fishermen from India.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid Rs 1,323,390 to buy one-way air tickets for 32 destitute Pakistanis for their repatriation from Kula Lumpur in April 2013.
A Pakistani prisoner in China, who had completed his five-year sentence in May 2013 for travelling on fake documents, was released after the payment of a fine of Rs 1,600,000 from the government exchequer.
Another Pakistani prisoner in Nepal, who had completed his sentence on the charges of carrying fake Indian currency, was freed in June 2013 after the payment of a fine of Rs 461,386 by the government.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a fine of Rs 3,777,488 in May 2013 to secure the release of four Pakistani prisoners from Saudi Arabia, who had completed their imprisonment on various charges.
During the year 2010-11, 92 Pakistani prisoners and detainees, (90 in the gulf countries and two in Malaysia) were released after a payment of fines and by providing legal aid.
During 2011-12, Pakistan's missions in Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, secured the release of 30 prisoners who had completed their sentences but were still in jail due to a non-payment of fines, the committee was told.