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India-Pak panel to visit Amritsar jail

punjab Updated: Oct 25, 2013 22:00 IST

The India-Pakistan joint judicial committee will visit three jails - Amritsar, Tihar (Delhi) and Jaipur - from Saturday to interact with Pakistani prisoners and explore whether their release could be expedited.

The three-member panel of retired judges, comprising India's justice MA Khan and Pakistan's justice Mian Muhammad Ajmal and justice Abdul Qadir Chaudhry, will visit the Amritsar jail on Saturday, the Tihar jail on December 28 and the Jaipur jail on December 29.

The panel will meet Pakistani prisoners, examine their living conditions and prison records and pursue the scope for expediting their release, 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 committee had visited Pakistani jails days after Indian national Sarabjit Singh's death following an attack in Kot Lakhpat jail in April.

The panel had recommended that Pakistani jail authorities ensure adequate security for all Indian prisoners to prevent attacks against 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 either country for straying across territorial waters and land borders.