Center “Repatriation of Pakistani Prisoners: A Tale of Compassion and Cooperation”

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India repatriated three Pakistani prisoners through the Attari-Wagah border transit point on Saturday after they served their jail terms. The prisoners identified as Sameera Abdul Rehman, Murtaza Asghar Ali, and Ahmed Raja were confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

According to the MEA, three Pakistani prisoners who had completed their sentences were sent back to Pakistan via the Attari-Wagah border on March 26. Sameera Abdul Rehman was accompanied by her four-year-old daughter, Sana Fatima.

India places great importance on addressing humanitarian issues, including the early release and repatriation of Indian prisoners and fishermen held in Pakistan. The MEA reported that the government’s continuous efforts have led to the release and repatriation of 20 Indian fishermen and one civilian prisoner from Pakistan’s custody in 2022.

An official at the Attari border disclosed that in 2017, Sameera Abdul Rehman was arrested alongside her husband, Mohammad Shihab, from Palakkad, Kerala. Shihab had brought her to India without a visa in September 2016 via the Nepal border. She was arrested in May 2017 and sentenced to three years in prison, where she was detained.

The official mentioned that Shihab was released on bail from jail, but subsequently went missing. Before returning to Pakistan, Sameera expressed her happiness, stating, “I am thrilled to be going back to Pakistan with my daughter, who was born in India. The Indian authorities treated us well during our time in jail.”

She also expressed gratitude towards Indian officials and the Home Ministry for their assistance in obtaining the necessary travel documents for her and her daughter to return to Pakistan.

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