All 225 foreign nationals, including Pakistanis, currently lodged in the jails of Jammu and Kashmir will be counted in the census of 2011.
Confirming this, census director Farooq Ahmed said the population enumeration would cover inmates of orphanages, jails and similar establishments.
"It is a process that includes the head count at a given time in a particular period and is devoid of any aspect that may include considering nationalities, religions, migrations or any other feature," Ahmed said.
He said as soon as the process was over, the details would be submitted to the union ministry of planning.
On being asked whether the census procedure would be affected if a jail inmate was let off, the director said the exercise had no connection with the status before or after the count.
Countrywide, 5,526 foreign prisoners, including 10 in the age group of 16-18 years, are in different jails, with West Bengal leading the tally with 2,407 detainees.
The ministry of home affairs does not have the data on the number of foreign prisoners who have completed jail terms but are still in prison.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the union home secretary to address the issue and ways of compensating those who have exceeded their terms in jail.