MABAD - Some 102 Pakistani prisoners languishing in various jails in Thailand have appealed to the Supreme Court of Pakistan to help in their repatriation under the Transfer of Prisoner Pact.
Executive Director Global Foundation, Ulfat Kazami working for the prisoners rights informed TheNation here on Wednesday that the Governments of Pakistan and Thailand had entered into an agreement to swap prisoners but later no progress in this regard was made. Most of the Pakistani prisoners were behind the bars for overstaying in that country, he added.
Giving background of the case, Ulfat Kazami informed that in year 2001 Thai Government had made offer to the countries, whose citizens were in Thai jails, to get their citizens repatriated.
Under the offer some 710 prisoners were sent back to some 18 states but the Pakistanis could not be repatriated, as the officials concerned had not completed spadework.
Getting disparate over the apathy of Pakistani officials toward their repatriation, four Pakistani prisoners in Thai jails including Hanif Toor, Attaullah, Lajward Khan and Muddassar Iqbal committed suicides while two others died due to ailment.
He said that his organisation was working on this issue for past over a decade during that period it contacted Charge dAffaires of Pakistan Embassy in Thailand, King of Thailand, President and Prime Minister of Pakistan toward this issue and finally the Government of Pakistan managed to get into an agreement for repatriation in November 2009 but since then no serious effort was made on part of the Government of Pakistan for their repatriation.
He further said that the Pakistani community in Thailand and a number of philanthropists in Pakistan had offered to bear all the expenses of the repatriation of these prisoners, but even then the matter was not taken up by the concerned authorities.
He feared that the persons, who were languishing in the Thai jails, were in disparate state of mind and if timely action was not taken for their early repatriation then more Pakistani prisoners would commit suicides. Some of them even threatened to commit suicide if the Pakistani authorities had not moved swiftly.
Ulfat Kazami appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to intervene in this matter so that these prisoners could be brought back from Thai jails at the earliest.