Startling revelation: How many Pakistanis are imprisoned in Gulf jails?

Startling revelation: How many Pakistanis are imprisoned in Gulf jails?

ISLAMABAD - The Senate has been informed that as many as 6,450 Pakistanis are imprisoned in Gulf countries and a holistic approach will be adapted to provide full assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the house during question hour that consular services of our missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision will also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners.

The minister said the present government will bolster efforts to produce skilled workforce keeping in the view the demand of jobs in the Gulf and other countries.

Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan told the house that Gwadar port is a big national asset. He said currently limited exports and commercial imports are taking place from the port.

In a written reply, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the house that safeguarding national security, promoting Pakistan’s economic interests and strengthening international partnerships have been some of the overarching themes of country’s foreign policy.

He said the foreign policy as in any other democratic country is formulated by the government. However, the parliament, security agencies, and some other ministries play an equally important role in providing crucial inputs, he said, adding, this practice is also followed in other countries as well.