Prisoner-Exchange Programme

UAE-Pakistan treaty on prisoners hailed

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, July 02, 2013

DUBAI: Officials at the Pakistan missions in Dubai have welcomed a recent agreement inked between the UAE and Pakistan that will allow several Pakistani inmates in UAE jails to serve their sentences in their home country.
An official at the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai while talking to The Gulf Today on Monday said that there were a “huge number” of Pakistani inmates in different jails in the UAE serving their terms for various crimes, ranging from dud checks to failure in fulfilling their loan agreements.
“According to the recent figures, there are around 1,500 Pakistanis in different jails in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. After the implementation of this agreement in the next couple of weeks, all those who are serving terms against minor offences and have less than six months remaining sentence will get the benefit,” he said.
The official on condition of anonymity narrated the sorry tale of various relatives who have their family members in different Northern Emirates jail.
“We have been receiving requests through various channels like emails, phones and letters from the family members based in Pakistan seeking help for the release of their relatives serving terms in different cases. Now this treaty will help some of these families as many such prisoners will be transferred to Pakistan. Not every family can afford to visit the UAE often to see their relatives in local jails,” he added.
Rizwan Fancy, former welfare secretary and current head of PAD ad hoc body, termed the agreement as a big relief for many families as well as for inmates as they can complete their remaining sentences back home.
“During our two-year term as Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) welfare body, we had visited Dubai jail many times to help community members who were waiting for payments to clear their minor fines and return home. Now through this treaty, many families that face financial challenges involved in repeated visits to the country for fine payments and other formalities can heave a huge sigh of relief,” he said.
He further pointed out that recently the PAD had written to the Dubai Police seeking a fresh list of names of Pakistani inmates waiting for minor fine payments to get released.
“Last year before Ramadan, we helped a couple of inmates get released and provided financial assistance to 25 women prisoners. This year, many community philanthropists have promised to extend help for needy inmates in Dubai,” he said.

~ by jamilkhan on July 2, 2013.

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