Sri Lanka to send back 44 Pakistani prisoners
Posted on November 2nd, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana

A group of Pakistani nationals who are in Sri Lankan prisons for various drug related offences are to be handed over to Pakistani prison officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).

Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya stated that 44 Pakistani prisoners will be handed over to prison officers from their country at the BIA tomorrow (03).

The prisoners are expected to complete lengthy prison sentences for drug-related offenses in their home country close to family and friends, in accordance with a 2004 agreement on the transfer of offenders between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Transfers are allowed in cases where sentences exceed a minimum of six months, the agreement states. 

Pakistani media last week reported that the country will be sending a plane to bring back Pakistani prisoners from Sri Lanka.

The decision had been reached during a meeting summoned by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry to discuss the matter pertaining to the repatriation of Pakistani prisoners from Sri Lanka.

Pakistani authorities have worked to bring back Pakistani prisoners stranded abroad and in a similar successful effort, at least 250 Pakistani inmates arrived at Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore from Malaysia on board a Malaysian airline flight in May this year.

All the prisoners were shifted to quarantine facilities after screening for the novel coronavirus at the airport.

One Response to “Sri Lanka to send back 44 Pakistani prisoners”

  1. aloy Says:

    Isn’t this the worst signal we can give to narcotic cartels that keep the supply chain functioning very well. While in the prison these Pakistanies who engage in the trade would have got well acquinted with local network. So this is likev’ibba diye damma wsge’..
    What should have done was to sink the vessels togher with these people in the sea.
    GOSL should take Singapire or Indonesia as an example. But we see they do is the way Malaysians do instead.

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