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‘Terrorism hurdle in freeing prisoners’

delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2008 23:54 IST

The Government has been unable to deport Pakistani prisoners who have served their term because of intensified terrorist activities in the country.

Submitting its stand before a bench headed by Justice B.N. Agarwal, additional solicitor-general B. Dutta told the SC: “There has been a stalemate because of terrorist activities.”

The Centre’s made the submission when the bench expressed its displeasure that there was no protocol on the exchange of prisoners with Pakistan. Absence of such policy was hampering both nations.

“More than six months have passed since February but you (the ministry of external affairs) have been unable to take policy decision. The exchange of prisoners will be in the national interest. The prisoners who are awaiting deportation cannot be thrown out.”

The bench was hearing a petition for release by Majid Khan, a Pakistani held in Jammu and Kashmir.

The state government has recommended deporting Khan after he completed his six-year term for crossing over illegally.

30 prisoners to be freed

The Indo-Pak Judicial Committee for Prisoners has announced that 30 of the 55 Pakistani prisoners in Amritsar Central Jail would be released in the next two weeks. This includes Mukhtar Ahmad, who will walk free after 18 years.