India-Pakistan panel for quick verification of prisoners


New Delhi: The India-Pakistan judicial commission on prisoners has suggested that the two countries immediately facilitate the nationality verification process of citizens in each other’s jails who have completed their sentences.

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The commission, which is on a five-day tour of Pakistan from April 18, in a statement said it also recommended a humane approach in dealing with cases of fishermen, women, children, terminally ill and disabled prisoners.

Retired Justices Nagedra Rai, Amerjeet Chaudhary, A.S. Gill and M.A. Khan are members of the joint commission from the Indian side, with retired Justices Abdul Qadeer Chaudhary, Fazal Karin, Nasir Aslam Zahid and Mian Muhammed Ajmal from the Pakistan side.

The commission had visited prisons in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore after which the statement was released by both sides Friday.

During the visit, Pakistan shared its list of Indian fishermen and civilian prisoners with the Indian delegation and it also provided consular access to some of the Indian prisoners on the spot.

Further, the commission recommended to reconcile the figures of prisoners and fishermen at the earliest and to allow consular access to the rest of the fishermen and prisoners in the second week of May.

The Pakistan delegation will now visit Indian jails in the second half of June this year and the dates would be finalised by both sides through diplomatic channels.