Islamabad, July 21, 2021 (PPI-OT):In response to queries from some media colleagues regarding the repatriation of 62 Pakistani prisoners, the following is attributable to Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “In line with the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh had been in contact with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to coordinate early release and repatriation of those Pakistani nationals who are serving their sentences abroad for minor offences. Upon Pakistan’s request, a high-powered committee of Saudi authorities carried out a detailed review of Pakistanis imprisoned in Riyadh region and waived off sentences of 85 individuals.
Upon waiver of sentences, the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh closely liaised with the relevant Saudi authorities to secure exit visas of these released individuals. As directed by the Prime Minister, we have so far repatriated 62 individuals out of total 85, so that they could celebrate Eid with their families in Pakistan. Remaining 23 will be repatriated as soon as their exit visa process is completed. The Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh is in process of coordinating similar repatriation from other regions of Saudi Arabia as well. We are grateful to His Majesty, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for facilitating the Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia.”
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