New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) Pakistan has “responded positively” to Indian proposals on revival of a judicial committee mechanism to oversee the speedy release of their nationals held in each other’s jails, the government said today.
In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, V K Singh, Minister of State in the External Affairs Ministry, said the MEA in October 2017 had suggested to the High Commissioner of Pakistan that the two sides could work together to resolve humanitarian issues related to the elderly, women and mentally unsound prisoners in each other’s custody and consider their early release and repatriation.
It was also proposed that a team of medical experts could be allowed to visit mentally unsound prisoners with a view to facilitate their nationality verification and subsequent repatriation.
“The MEA also suggested revival of the Joint Judicial Committee which looked into the issues of fishermen and prisoners in each other’s custody and had last met in October 2013. The Government of Pakistan on March 7 responded positively to the suggestion,” he said.
In a separate question, Singh said there are 150 extradition requests pending with various foreign countries and the MEA has recently received 16 more requests from different law enforcement agencies Replying to another question on whether government has taken up with Canada the issue of incorrect Indian map at a public event which was attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Singh said the matter was raised with the High Commission of Canada here.
The Canadian prime minister was on a week-long India visit in February.
In its reply, Singh said, the Canadian High Commission conveyed that the event Young Changemakers Conclave was organised by a third party and the map and the backdrop was an “artist’s rendering”.
“Prime Minister Trudeau was one of the guest speakers at this event. The High Commission of Canada has underlined that the boundaries reflected on the map that was displayed in the background at the event do not imply endorsement or acceptance by the Government of Canada,” he said.
In a separate question, Singh said as on February 28, a total number of 6,712 Indian peacekeeping personnel are deployed in nine UN peacekeeping missions in Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Lebanon, Haiti, Western Sahara and Middle East.
To another question, Singh said states had forwarded 46 requests in 2017 for action against travel agencies which illegally end people abroad.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.