Pakistan and Afghanistan agree on prisoner swap

Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Shukrullah Atif Mashal said that two neighbouring countries agreed to work out a mechanism for exchange of those prisoners, who had either completed their prison terms or were granted bail but couldn’t be freed due to certain reasons.

“The prisoners’ issue had come under discussion during a recent visit of foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to Kabul where both sides had agreed on the exchange of prisoners,” the ambassador said, addressing refugees.
He said the Afghan embassy’s team would visit various prisons in Pakistan for identification of prisoners. “Many prisoners arrested in pity nature offences in the two countries should be released,” he said.
He said a 10-member team of Afghan government would visit prisons in Pakistan to find out prisoners, who had either completed their jail terms or were granted bails but couldn’t be released. He said he would also inspect prisons.
The ambassador said the Afghan government would facilitate Pakistani officials to inspect jails in Afghanistan to identify Pakistani prisoners, who couldn’t be freed due to some reasons.
The envoy, who assumed the charge in Islamabad around three weeks ago, didn’t explain whether the deal will be applicable to prisoners detained on charges of subversive activities and other heinous crimes in the two countries.
Both countries have yet to sign extradition or prisoner exchange treaties.


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