In a move that could benefit Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails, the Lahore high court has directed authorities to speed up the release of foreigners who continue to be in prison despite having served their sentences.
Lahore high court chief justice Ijaz Chaudhry issued the order on Wednesday while disposing of a petition filed by lawyer Awais Sheikh seeking the release of two Indian prisoners - Satinder Pal Singh and Karale Bhanudas - currently being held in Kot Lakhpat Jail.
The two Indians had challenged their confinement even after they had served their prison terms.
Chief justice Chaudhry said the foreign ministry should approach the countries to which the prisoners, who have completed their jail terms, belonged and resolve the issue.
A report submitted in court by the Punjab home department said 74 foreigners were currently being held in four prisons in the province.