MUHAMMAD SABREEN

ATTOCK

Because of shortage of funds, the officials of Pakistan Embassy in China are unable to send Pakistani prisoners back home as they have been languishing for years in prisons and there is no legal impediment in their repatriation.

Zubair Akhtar, prisoner No 4,418,020,142 in a jail of Xin Zhou Shiling Town Dongguon City, China, told this scribe on telephone in Attock, his native town, that there were a many Pakistani imprisons in different jails while the Pakistani officials do nothing to solve their problems. He said that last week, an official of Pak Embassy in China visited the jail and said that the Pakistani Embassy was unable to help them for their release because of funds paucity.

Akhtar said that as per the laws of China, prisoners from other countries may be shifted to the countries of their origin provided that expenditures for their shifting are borne by their countries. He said the officials of Pak Embassy in China visit them after long intervals and are also unable to solve their problems.

He disclosed that the Pakistani prisoners in China are once a month allowed to make a phone call to their relatives in Pakistan and besides that no facility was provided by the jail authorities for them. He said most of the prisoners have undergone more than two years imprisonment and could be legally shifted Pakistan but the embassy officials were making excuses of shortage of funds. He demanded that the government should take notice of the situation and allocate sufficient funds for repatriation of the prisoners in China.