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13 Pakistan nationals deported

Thirteen Pakistan nationals, including a woman militant of Lashkar-e-Tobia (LeT) languishing in jails in Jammu province were deported to Pakistan after they completed their prison term.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2011 21:14 IST
Arteev Sharma

Thirteen Pakistan nationals, including a woman militant of Lashkar-e-Tobia (LeT) languishing in jails in Jammu province were deported to Pakistan after they completed their prison term.

They were sent to Wagah-Attari post on Indo-Pak border from different jails of Jammu region on Sunday after for the deportation to the neighbouring country.

Confirming this to Hindustan Times, Home Secretary, J&K government B R Sharma said, "13 people, who were languishing jails in Jammu, were being deported to Pakistan after they completed their sentence. They had been sent to Wagah-Attari post for their deportation."

Official sources said the Government of India had cleared the names of thirteen Pakistan nationals, who were languishing in Jammu jails and completed their prison term.

"Out of total 13 Pakistan nationals, eleven were released from Kotbalwal Central Jail on Sunday afternoon while one of the prisoners, who had been lodged in district Jail Ambphalla, was also released," sources said.

An LeT woman militant, Asiya Malik (26) who was arrested from Sunderbani belt of Rajouri district in 2008 and lodged in Rajouri jail was also released.

Asiya had disclosed that over 100 Pakistani girls were being trained in terrorist camps financed by ISI in Pakistan to carry out militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

These prisoners would be handed over to Pakistan authorities at Attari-Wagah border after completion of the legal formalities.

On April 7, Pakistan had released Gopal Dass, an Indian convict on espionage charges after 27 years in jail. 52-year-old Dass was set free after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari remitted his sentence on humanitarian grounds following an appeal by the Indian Supreme Court.

Dass had claimed that 32 Indian nationals, who have completed their jail term, are still languishing due to lack of initiative on the part of the Indian Government.