India-Pak Joint Committee to visit Tihar jail

Last Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 15:39

New Delhi: The India-Pakistan Joint Judicial
Committee of Prisoners is expected to visit Tihar, Jaipur and
Amritsar jails later this month to meet the Pakistani inmates
and discuss ways to expedite their release.

The eight-member team of retired Judges -- four from each
country -- will meet Pakistani civilian prisoners languishing
in Indian jails and look into their conditions and prison
records and see whether their release could be expedited,
official sources said.

The Committee formed in January 2007 had visited
Pakistani jails in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi during their
five-day tour in April this year.

During the visit to Pakistani jails, the Committee looked
into the cases where the prisoners` condition demanded their
immediate release. The team also looked into prison records to
ascertain the facts of each case.

Every year, hundreds of citizens, including fishermen,
are arrested by security forces of both countries and
imprisoned for straying across territorial waters and land
borders.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 15:39
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