ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the UK signed an agreement here on Thursday (December 27) enabling both the countries to transfer the prisoners closer to their home. The UK-Pakistan Prisoner Transfer Agreement was signed by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Pakistan Interior Secretary Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan.
The agreement will give prisoners the opportunity to serve their sentence closer to home and allows them to prepare for their reintegration into their home community when they are eventually released from prison.
The agreement was approved in principle during the visit to Pakistan of British Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP in September. It restores and updates a previous agreement between the UK and Pakistan, and also includes strengthened assurances to ensure all transferred prisoners serve the appropriate sentence before being released. It also allows inmates to prepare for reintegration into their home communities when they are eventually released from prison.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, British High Commissioner Thomas Drew said:“I am delighted to sign this updated prisoner transfer agreement today, which will allow prisoners to serve their sentence closer to home. This is a testament to the strength of our two countries’ relationship.”
It is pertinent to mention here that according to a rough estimate thousands of Pak origin inmates are in British prisons and after this agreement, people would be eagerly interested to know the details of the accord and how these prisoners may be benefited. “Pakistan High Commission in London and Consulates in Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester would be main source of information and help in this regard”, the sources commented.