Saudi Crown Prince fulfils promise made to Pakistani PM Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman fulfils promise made to Pakistani PM Imran Khan as over 500 Pakistani prisoners have been released from Saudi jails while the process for remaining inmates is in pipeline.
The Sub-committee of National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistani and Human Resource Development on Wednesday was informed that so far 579 Pakistani prisoners had been repatriated from Saudi Arabia to the country.
“These prisoners were released from Saudi jails on the order of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his recent visit to Pakistan”, the committee was briefed.
Some 579 Pakistani prisoners have been released and repatriated to Pakistan under the royal pardon, Foreign Ministry’s Director General (middle East) Syed Zahid Raza told the sub-committee that was recently formed with the mandate to ensure provision of legal assistance to under-trial Pakistani prisoners, in different foreign jails.
The sub-committee, chaired by Dr Mahreen Razzaq Bhutto, was apprised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs along with the departments concerned, was in constant contact with authorities in Saudi Arabia for the early repatriation of the remaining prisoners whose release was ordered by the crown prince on the request of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Dr Mahreen asked officials of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development and Foreign Office to arrange meeting of Saudi Ambassador with the committee members so that they could request them for the early release of remaining prisoners.
Syed Zahid Raza said that the Foreign Ministry would facilitate the committee members in arranging meeting with the Saudi ambassador.
However, Managing Director Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Dr Amir Sheikh opined that the matter should be pursued prudently.