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36 Indians still in Pak jails after completing sentences

world Updated: Jan 18, 2009 06:26 IST

Thirty six Indians are among 141 foreign nationals still lodged in Pakistani jails despite having completed their prison terms.

Indians, Bangladeshis and a US national were among the prisoners awaiting release after completing their jail terms, the Interior Ministry said in a written reply to a question in the National Assembly on Friday.

The ministry said the foreigners awaiting release were lodged in the jails in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.

It said the prisoners could not be deported because their travel documents had not been received. They would be repatriated as soon as the documents were received.

The ministry also said that there were foreign prisoners in jails in Balochistan province but did not say how many of them had completed their terms. According to the data, there were 4,105 foreigners in jails in Balochistan, including two Indians and 73 Bangladeshis.

India and Pakistan have in recent years agreed on a slew of measures to facilitate the early release of their nationals held in each other's prisons. There have been several cases of nationals of both countries languishing in prisons for many years even after the completion of their sentences.