BATHINDA: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a cross border peace initiative, launched the newest checklist of Indian and Pakistani civilian prisoners and fishermen who’re lodged in jails on different facet of the border. The checklist is as per information exchanged between India and Pakistan as on January 1, 2021 underneath the consular entry settlement between the 2 governments that was signed in 2008.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is the primary such initiative that has launched such an in depth checklist of cross border prisoners since 2014, which has been uploaded on its weblog.
As per information procured by Ravi Nitesh, Founder-Aaghaz-e-Dosti, there are 49 Indian civilian prisoners lodged in jails of Pakistan. Among these, 32 individuals have already accomplished their sentence together with 18 who’ve accomplished their sentence greater than 5 years in the past however nonetheless couldn’t return to their house nation. The oldest case is of an individual who accomplished sentence in 2004 however nonetheless couldn’t return regardless of passing 17 years. There are two prisoners whose id is unknown as they’re listening to and speech impaired and each accomplished sentence. One prisoner is sentenced to dying and 6 are undertrial prisoners who have been arrested within the yr 2019 and 2020.
On the opposite hand, there are 263 Pakistani civilian prisoners lodged in jails of India. Among these, 67 have accomplished their sentence together with one prisoner who accomplished sentence in 1998 and some others in years 2006, 2010 and 2014, however they may not return to their house nation. There are 54 prisoners who’re present process sentence, the standing of 17 is unknown whereas 125 are undertrials. There are six prisoners whose particulars are unknown as they’re speech and listening to impaired.
There are a complete of 77 Pakistani fishermen in Indian jails largely caught throughout 2018 to 2020 and oldest instances are of 2013 and 2014, whereas 270 Indian fishermen are lodged in Pakistani jails.
“Those who have completed their sentences but still could not return to their home country, because of hurdles such as identity confirmation or NOCs from respective states. This should be considered on priority by both sides of the government and they should work to clear all such cases and to ensure return of persons in their home country without any further delay. The right to return to the home country is assured in Article 12(4) of International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights. Also, for persons who are declared impaired by respective states, there must be efforts to bring such cases for identity confirmation and their release should be expedited”, stated Aaghaz-e-Dosti founder Ravi Nitesh, India chapter convener Devika Mittal and Pakistan chapter convener Raza Khan.
They stated Aaghaz-e-Dosti have steered some measures that must be taken by either side in view of the unfold of pandemic the place safety of lives is necessary.
The checklist of prisoners and fishermen must be made public by joint efforts of each the governments. By doing so, there’s a likelihood that advocates and civil society members want to take such instances of cross border prisoners to supply authorized and humanitarian assist.
For civilian prisoners, whose sentence has already been accomplished, they need to be launched directly.
Fishermen who’re lodged on either side must be launched instantly as they don’t seem to be criminals and there aren’t any such prison prices towards them. They have been caught within the sea whereas fishing and so they should be made free however there must be a mechanism underneath which fishermen detention must be labored out to maintain their jail time period minimal.
Indian fishermen are jailed in massive numbers in Pakistan and their boats are additionally seized. As per the data obtained, there are about 1110 fishing boats that are believed to be in captivity of Pakistan and these also needs to be launched in order that fishermen can get their assets again to outlive livelihood.
The Indo-Pak Joint Judicial committee which was fashioned in 2007 must be revived directly. It has not met since 2013. The authorities of Pakistan must organise the meet, stated the peace activists.
Full checklist accessible at: https://aaghazedosti.wordpress.com/indo-pak-prisoners/