‘ALARMING’: MEA indicts Pakistan over ‘increasing death of Indian detainees’

New Delhi: Regarding the increasing number of deaths of Indian detainees in Pakistani prisons, India reiterated on Friday that Pakistan has a duty to ensure the safety of all Indian detainees and said incidents involving deaths of Indian detainees are alarming. In a weekly Presser, the official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, said: “These increasing incidents of deaths of Indian detainees are alarming and raise questions about their safety and security in Pakistani prisons.” problem, Bagchi noted that an increasing number of fishermen have died recently and the Indian government has brought the issue of the safety of Indian prisoners, including fishermen, to Pakistan.

“This is an ongoing problem. What we understand is that there has been an increasing number of deaths among fishermen in recent times. 6 Indian prisoners (of which 5 were fishermen) have died in Pakistani custody or so in the last 9 months,” added Bagchi up. He pointed out that despite the completion of sentences for all six Indian detainees and multiple requests from the Indian side for their release and repatriation, the detainees were illegally held by the neighboring country.

However, the High Commission of India in Islamabad has raised the issue of the immediate repatriation of Indian detainees several times. Pakistan government again to release and repatriate all Indians immediately,” Bagchi added.

Earlier in August, Union (MoS) Foreign Minister V Muraleedharan said on Thursday that the government has always given the highest priority to the safety of Indian fishermen and that every aid is being provided for their early release from Pakistani custody. In addition, the cases of detention of Indian fishermen and their fishing boats by the Pakistani authorities are repeatedly raised with the Pakistani government and it is made clear that this issue can be considered on humanitarian and subsistence grounds. Earlier, as many as 20 Indian fishermen were released by the Pakistani government, on June 20, via the Attari Wagah border. The fishermen, who had unknowingly entered Pakistani waters, were released after four years in prison

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