The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is said to be releasing 572 Pakistani prisoners languishing in its jails under an amnesty during the ongoing holy month of Ramazan, according to a media report. Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday that the UAE government will release the prisoners under an amnesty announced by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
"Subsequent to the order of the president of the UAE to pardon 3005 prisoners, serving sentences in different jails of the UAE under various categories, the government of the UAE has decided to release 572 Pakistani prisoners," he was quoted as saying by the Geo TV. He said that the Pakistani mission is in touch with local authorities to expedite their release and deportation to Pakistan.
"Our mission is extending all necessary assistance, including the issuance of outpasses/passports and air tickets, where required," he said. Currently, around 2,409 Pakistani nationals are in eight UAE jails, facing imprisonment in different minor and major crimes, he added.
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