JK awaits Home Ministry's nod for repartition of 11 Pak prisoners

Home Department Conveys CID Clearance To MHA

UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, May 14: The Jammu and Kashmir Government is waiting for a green signal from the Government of India to repatriate 11 Pakistani prisoners who have completed their jail term but are still languishing in jails of the State.
 Authoritative sources told Greater Kashmir that the State Government has conveyed the ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the Centre for sending back the 11 Pakistani prisoners, after getting the clearance for the same from the intelligence wing of state Police in January this year.
 They said Inspector General of CID vide communication NO CID/BR/RCC-M9/2013-42-44 dated 23- 01- 2013 has conveyed NOC on repatriation of the prisoners.
 “As per set procedure, NOC of CID is must for sending back foreign prisoners, who complete their jail terms, to their native countries,” they said.
 They added that NOC has been issued for sending back Muhammad Mubashir, Shanawaz Malik, Buland Khan, Noor Ahmad Baloch, Asif Ali, Imran Missah, Jalal Ahmad, Muhammad Babu, Muhammad Inayat, Kishtwar Ahmad and Munawar Shah.  After getting the clearance from CID, the State Home Department  vide communiqué No Home / PB- V/ Deport/ Pak dated 30-01-2013 conveyed the same to the Director Foreign Affairs at the Ministry of Home Affairs.
 “But there has been no forward movement on the matter since then,” a top official told Greater Kashmir. He said the prerogative of the repatriation lies with the Centre and the State’s role is confined to escorting the prisoners to Wagah Border on the day of handing them over to Pakistani authorities.
 “The date of their repatriation is fixed by the Centre in consultation with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi,” he added. When contacted, State Home Secretary Suresh Kumar said they have taken up the matter with the Union Home Ministry.
 “I don’t know the exact number of Pakistani prisoners who are lodged in State jails after completing their jail term,” he said, adding that foreigners prisoners are repatriated after getting all clearances from different agencies.
 “It (repatriation) is a continuous process,” he added.
 Pertinently, the Supreme Court last year pulled up the State Government for illegally detaining a Pakistani prisoner after he completed his sentence.
 A bench of justices R M Lodha and Anil R Dave had directed the state government to release “forthwith” the Pakistani prisoner Sikander Azam. “You (state govt) are throwing all constitutional and legal provisions to the wind. You are a guardian of all people living in your territory whether he is a citizen or not,” the bench had said while pointing out that Azam continues to languish in prison even after his jail term ended 13 months back.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 14 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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