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17 ‘Mentally Unsound’ Indian Prisoners In Pakistan Languish In Jails As Their Identity Remain Unconfirmed, Even After 6 Years

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Even after six years, no results were yielded on the pretext that the Pakistani government has conveyed to the Indian government about seventeen ‘mentally unsound’ Indian nationals languishing in the Pakistan jails. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) displayed photos of the 17 prisoners on their official website. The ministry even sought assistance from the general public as well as States and UTs. The prisoners have completed their sentence, but due to the non-availability of their confirmed nationality, they couldn’t be repatriated. 

Out of the 17 prisoners in Pakistan, four are women and were named Gullu Jan, Ajmeera, Naqaya, and Hasina. These names are given by Pakistani authorities. The officials have provided the names of the 13 men prisoners also.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has notified that anyone who can identify these 17 persons should give information to the Under Secretary (Foreigners) within the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Home Department of State Governments, or Union Territory (UT) administration concerned.

Back in the year 2015, six years ago Pakistan communicated about these 17 prisoners who due to their ‘mentally unsound’ condition couldn’t be repatriated to their nation. The Pakistan authority said that due to their condition, they could not recall their whereabouts. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) forwarded the pictures of 17 prisoners to MHA to trace their family members. 

Pakistan provides the list of Indian prisoners lodged within the country’s jails to the High Commission of India in Islamabad as a part of an agreement. Reciprocally, the Indian government also simultaneously shares the list of Pakistani prisoners in India, with the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi. The two countries compulsorily exchange lists of prisoners in each other’s imprisonment twice a year.

Despite recurrent tensions between the two countries, the exchange of information comes without any break. 

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