Pakistan, Afghanistan to Swap Prisoners
- Pakistan, Afghanistan to Swap Prisoners
Islamabad, Kabul to speed up prisoners' release
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
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.
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
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
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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