Eighty Pakistani prisoners have received a pardon from Sheikh Khalifa, the President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The prisoners can now be repatriated to their homeland.
In a short statement, Jamil Ahmed Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UAE, offered his “profound thanks” to Sheikh Khalifa.
“The cases of several prisoners were submitted to the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the UAE for grant of pardon,” Mr Khan said in the statement. “The prisoners belong to various categories and were undergoing different periods of sentence in Al Wathba and Al Ain prisons.”
Mr Khan said he believed remission for other prisoners serving jail terms in other prisons around the country would also be granted by the President.
“Pakistan Embassy would continue making its efforts to pursue the just causes and assist the UAE authorities in augmenting the welfare aspects of Pakistani prisoners undergoing their sentences in the UAE,” he said.
The statement added that Mr Khan had contacted the Ministry of Interior to step up efforts for the finalisation of an Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons.
“Once the Agreement is signed, it would offer opportunities to all the prisoners in the UAE to undergo the remaining part of their sentences in Pakistan close to their hometown and their families,” the statement said.
Source: The National