Interior ministry liable for deaths of Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails: SC


04 Mar, 2019 9:13 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Holding the Interior Ministry responsible for Pakistani prisoners’ death in jails of foreign countries, the Supreme Court on Monday sought a report about return of Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails.

During the hearing, Justice Azmat Saeed expressed resentment on the interior secretary and hinted at summoning Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi in a case regarding deaths of Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails.

Justice Azmat remarked that the nation is not safe from such an interior secretary, adding that Interior Ministry is responsible for the deaths of Pakistani prisoner in foreign jails.

The justice also warned to issue contempt of court notice to the state minister, saying, “You should do some other work.”

On March 2, the body of martyred Shakirullah, who was stoned to death in Jaipur jail, was handed over to Pakistan officials at Wagah Border.  The family members off Shakirullah received the body.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has reiterated its demand from India that the killers of Shakirullah be taken to task.

The Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, said findings of the inquiry and postmortem report may be shared urgently and to ensure safety of all Pakistanis, especially Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, to prevent recurrence of such tragic and reprehensible incidents.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has reiterated its demand from India that the killers of Shakirullah be taken to task. In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesperson said findings of the inquiry and postmortem report may be shared urgently and to ensure safety of all Pakistanis, especially Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, to prevent recurrence of such tragic and reprehensible incidents.

After the killing of Pakistani prisoner by inmates in Jaipur Jail, the Pakistan government had condemned the incident and asked India to immediately provide the details of inquiry of the murder and postmortem report, which have not been provided so far.

On Friday, Pakistan returned the captured pilot Abhinandan safe and sound. On the other hand, it is pity that India is returning the bodies to Pakistan.
A few days back, prisoners in collusion with the jail administration had tortured Shakirullah to death in Jaipur Jail. Shakirullah’s family moved from pillar to post to get back the body.

Pakistan has always respected the rights of Indian prisoners. Its glaring example is the return of Indian pilot Abhinandan. India should also respect the rights of Pakistani prisoners keeping in view human values.

 


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