ISLAMABAD: Minister of Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif on Wednesday informed the Senate that there were 2937 Pakistani prisoners including 1357 in Riyadh and 1580 in Jeddah.
He expressed these views while replying to questions during the Question Hour in the Senate on Wednesday.
The minister said that the Pakistani prosoners were facing charges related to drugs, bringing unprescribed tranquilizer tablets, theft, forgery, immoral crimes, murder, rape, and brawl/fighting.
Asif told the Upper House of the Parliament that as per local regulations, practicing Saudi lawyers were asked to appear in the local courts.
The minister went on to say that as many as 66 Pakistanis had been executed in Saudi Arabia since 2013, adding that the main crimes committed by such individuals were related to drugs, rape and murder, he added.
The minister said that Pakistan’s Missions in Saudi Arabia provided consular access to all the prisoners, however, legal services provided by our Missions were limited to translation, facilitation in preparation of cases and persuasion with various agencies etc, he said.
To another question, the minister said that arrangements are being made with various countries, including India, Afghanistan, Gulf, and European countries for repatriation of convicted Pakistani prisoners to spend their conviction term in Pakistan.
“Proposal has been sent to India to relax maximum and minimum age from 70 to 60 and from 18-16 for exchange of prisoners between the two countries,” he added.