The India-Pakistan joint judicial committee will visit three Indian jails – Amritsar, Tihar in Delhi, and Jaipur – beginning Saturday to interact with Pakistani prisoners about their condition and see if their release can be expedited.
The three-member panel of retired judges, comprising India’s Justice MA Khan and Pakistani judges Mian Muhammad Ajmal and Abdul Qadir Chaudhry, will visit Amritsar jail on Saturday, Tihar jail in Delhi on December 28 and Jaipur jail on December 29.
The panel will meet Pakistani prisoners lodged at these jails, examine their living conditions and prison records, and explore whether their release can be expedited, official sources said.
The India-Pakistan Joint Judicial Committee of Prisoners has visited the three jails in the past as well.
The panel had also visited jails in Pakistan, including Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison, to study the condition of Indian inmates there.
The panel had visited Pakistani jails days after the death of Indian national Sarabjit Singh, following an attack at Kot Lakhpat jail, in April 2013.
The panel had recommended that Pakistani jail authorities ensure adequate security for all Indian prisoners to prevent any attacks on them.
The committee was formed in January 2007 as part of an agreement between the two countries.
Every year, hundreds of citizens, including fishermen, are arrested and imprisoned by both countries for straying across territorial waters and land borders.