LAHORE - A federal review board comprising two judges of Supreme Court on Saturday released a Nigerian and four Indian prisoners while directing the ministry of interior to take speedy measures for the repatriation of other foreign prisoners.
The board held proceedings at Lahore registry of the Supreme Court.
The ministry’s officials produced 35 prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails on different charges including illegally staying in the country and drug smuggling. The prisoners were nationals of Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Nigeria and completed their jail terms.
The officials told the board that the government was taking steps to repatriate the prisoners who had undergone their sentence. They said verification of the nationality was required for the release of the foreign prisoners. The review board issued release order for five prisoners and directed the ministry to accelerate the process for the repatriation of other prisoners.