Saudi Arabia released 1,245 Pakistani prisoners this year

Still, about 3300 Pakistanis are stuck in Saudi Arabia's jails.


After endless efforts of Prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Zulfi Bukhari, hundreds of Pakistani prisoners were released from Saudi Arabia’s jails this year. The incumbent government has made all efforts for the facilitation of prisoners, who mostly are laborers belonging to struggling financial backgrounds. As a result, 1245 Pakistani prisoners who were stuck in the Kingdom’s choked justice system have seen the dawn of freedom.

During a high-profile visit to Islamabad, Pakistan’s Information Ministry said that Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has ordered the release of 2100 Pakistani prisoners as a goodwill gesture.

“Along with 1,245 prisoners released from Saudi jails, approximately 3,400 deported from Makkah, Riyadh, Dammam, Tabuk, and other Saudi cities have also been released from deportation camps since the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari said, speaking to Arab News.

More than 3,300 Pakistani prisoners currently jailed in Saudi Arabia:

Still, about 3300 Pakistanis are stuck in Saudi Arabia’s jails. During the last one year, the PTI-led government had successfully freed 2,559 Pakistani prisoners out of a total of 6,880 imprisoned in Gulf countries. Among them, 1,200 were in the UAE, 55 were from Oman, 18 from Kuwait, 17 from Bahrain, 14 from Qatar and 10 from Iraq.

Majority Pakistanis are facing jail in Gulf countries for forgery, drug trafficking, illegal border crossing, theft, and bribery. The majority are stuck between one and five years in prison. Bukhari said that the PM is fulfilling his promise of the recovery of Pakistani prisoners, however, Pakistan is still struggling to devise a proper mechanism for it.

“We are thankful to the Saudi government for the release of such a number, approximately 38 percent of the total. We hope that the ongoing process will result in the release of more prisoners in the remaining two months of the year,” Bukhari said, adding that the Pakistani ministries are working tirelessly to facilitate Pakistanis across the world.

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