ISLAMABAD -:Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari taking strong note of plight of expatriate Pakistanis languishing in foreign jails, has reiterated the government's firm commitment for their release on priority.
Talking to APP, he said the government will utilize all available resources and channels for their early release.
He said the government is already in contact with the authorities in Dubai, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to evolve a mechanism for bringing back the jailed Pakistanis, who committed minor crimes and could not return to their home due to different issues.
Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari welcomed Bahrain's recent decision to release 12 Pakistani prisoners.
In another development, the Senate Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has sought the complete detail of the arrangements taken by the ministry regarding repatriation of overseas Pakistanis languishing in different countries' jails.
Earlier, a report submitted by the Interior Ministry in the Lahore High Court had revealed that over 11,803 Pakistani expatriates were languishing in foreign imprisonments.