A total of 25 Indian prisoners are languishing in Pakistani jails despite having completed their sentences, prompting leading human rights activist Ansar Burney to write to President Asif Ali Zardari for their release as their detention was “illegal and unlawful”.
In a letter written to President Asif Ali Zardari, Burney has asked him to release all Indian prisoners and those of other nationalities who have completed their sentences.
“After completion of the sentence, the detention of such Indian prisoners is illegal and unlawful and a clear violation of justice, human dignity and human rights,” said Burney, a former human rights minister.
Among the Indian prisoners is Teena Peka, 38, a resident of Mumbai who was arrested 12 years ago and given a one-year prison term with a fine of Rs 1,000.
Naqaya, 37, was sentenced for four months in prison in 2007, while Ram Parkash was awarded a 10-year jail term in 1997.
Saju Ram, 20, was sentenced for four months in 2007, Ganash Pandi, 29, for two months the same year, Gomagh Singh was sentenced in 2006 for four months, Din Muhammad got a term of three months in June 2007, while Shahabuddin Mir, 63, was sent to jail for illegally entering Pakistan in 1991 and Ilyas was sentenced for two years in 2003.
A mentally deranged Indian woman has also been awaiting release since 2007.