'22 Jammu and Kashmir residents imprisoned in six countries'

At least 22 people from J&K are lodged in jails outside India, The Minister of State for Ministry of External Affairs V Muraleedharan told the Parliament on Thursday.

“As on July 15, 2019, the number of residents of Jammu and Kashmir in foreign jails is 22,” the Minster said in reply to a written question of National Conference MP, Hasnain Masoodi.

Replying to another question from the NC Parliamentarian, the Minister said owing to strong privacy laws prevailing in many countries, the local authorities do not share information on prisoners unless the person concerned consents to the disclosure of such information.

“Even countries which share information do not generally provide detailed information about the people of foreign countries imprisoned,” the Minister said.

However as per the reply the highest number of persons, 11 are imprisoned in Saudi Arabia followed by seven in Pakistan and one each in Cyprus, China, Cambodia and Bangladesh.