ISLAMABAD - Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari Thursday hinted early release of Pakistani prisoners languishing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s jails in minor cases.
"Pakistani inmates will be released and repatriated soon," he revealed on Thursday.
He said the government was in contact with the UAE authorities to get Pakistani prisoners released at the earliest especially those involved in petty offenses.
On the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the ministry and its subsidiary departments were making all out efforts and discussing possibilities with the authorities concerned abroad to ensure the release of inmates locked up in foreign prisons on minor crimes, he said.
Zulfikar Bukhari said recently his ministry had also facilitated the return of 28 Pakistani drivers stuck up in Iraq and over 400 in other countries despite the airspace was being closed intermittently. According to official sources, the efforts had been intensified after the recent visit of the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Zulfikar Bukhari to the emirates where he met with Dubai Police Chief Main Normal Abdullah Khalifa Al Mari in Dubai.
During the visit, both sides agreed to form a joint committee for resolving the issues of Pakistanis languishing within the UAE jails and bringing back those inmates involved in petty crimes at earliest.It was also agreed that the committee would swap the data of Pakistani prisoners in future to ensure the timely repatriation of those who would have completed their term in the UAE’s jails.