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Pakistani MPs irked over delay in release of prisoners

Islamabad, Pakistani parliamentarians from opposition parties have expressed concern over delay in the release of Pakistani prisoners after Saudi Crown Prince promised to free them, local media reported.

During the National Assembly session, Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada said he could give examples of Pakistanis in Saudi prisons who have completed their termsm, but remain behind bars.

Last week, Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz said the process of releasing Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails was underway and the nation may receive good news in Ramadan.

The Saudi crown prince had ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners; however, only 200 of them have been released so far.

In response to the question, Parliamentary Secretary for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Javaria Zafar Aheer told the house that her office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are working together and the release of Pakistani prisoners is underway.

When opposition members asked for the number of Pakistanis released after the crown prince's statement, Ms Aheer said information was coming in bits and pieces, and the number of released prisoners would be known soon.

She said 3,400 Pakistanis are imprisoned in jails in Saudi Arabia.

Spource: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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