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    Pakistan, Afghanistan to Swap Prisoners http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top8.htm&date=20021212 Islamabad, Kabul to speed up prisoners release Bureau
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 12, 2002
      Pakistan, Afghanistan to Swap Prisoners

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top8.htm&date=20021212

      Islamabad, Kabul to speed up prisoners' release
      Bureau Report

      PESHAWAR, Dec 11: Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to expedite
      the release of each other's citizens from their prisons, Afghan
      Refugees and Repatriation Minister Enayatullah Nazari told newsmen
      during his visit to SOS Afghan refugees' relief programme medical
      complex on Wednesday.

      The minister, who is on a four-day visit to the country, called on
      NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani and discussed bilateral
      issues, including the repatriation of refugees.

      The NWFP is hosting over one million of the remaining 1.8 million
      refugees.

      He said the sides had agreed to resolve the issue of the prisoners
      languishing in jails across the border.

      Mr Nazari said he had complained to the chief minister about the
      high-highhandedness of the police with the refugees.
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      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top12.htm&date=20021212

      Visa rules relaxation for Afghans sought


      By Our Staff Correspondent

      QUETTA, Dec 11: The participants of a conference on Tuesday
      unanimously demanded that the governments of Pakistan and
      Afghanistan should release each other's citizens languishing in
      their jails because of minor crimes.

      The conference, organized by Afghanistan-Pakistan People's
      Friendship Association, was presided over by Human Rights Commission
      Chairman Afrasiab Khattak.

      The participants observed that the Afghan government had shown
      goodwill in this regard and released many Pakistanis.

      The participants urged the government to relax visa restrictions for
      Afghans.

      They were of the view that the expansion of friendly relations
      between the countries would provide grounds for peace in the region
      and the world.

      They said such relations would make the atmosphere conducive to
      expansion of trade and prosperity.

      The conference called upon the two governments and the world
      community, especially the United Nations organizations, to make
      efforts to improve the repatriation process and provide conditions
      for the resettlement of the millions of Afghans who had been
      repatriated.

      The speakers highlighted the problems being faced by the Afghan
      refugees and displaced persons inside the country.

      They warned that huge and unplanned repatriation would bring new
      tragedies. They said that the level of cooperation between the
      governments was weak for the spontaneous and unplanned repatriation.

      They said that by developing goodwill and cooperation, Afghan
      refugees living here could become the ambassadors of peace and they
      could strengthen the relations between the countries.

      The conference called upon the world community to fulfil its pledges
      for the reconstruction of Afghanistan's economy and establishment.

      They suggested that the countries should work for restoring peace
      and democracy in Afghanistan.

      A former Afghan minister, Babrak Shanwari, former vice-chairman of
      Balochistan chapter of the HRCP, Tahir Mohammad Khan, Balochistan
      National Party (Mengal) Secretary-General Habib Jalib, and others
      attended the conference.







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