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Don't mislead parliament, Pakistan-India forum tells V.K.Singh

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, May 7: The Pakistan-India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) on Saturday urged union minister V.K.Singh not to “mislead Parliament” on the issue of handling prisoners of the two countries languishing in each other’s jails. The PIPFPD took serious umbrage at the minister of state for exterl affairs’s reported statements in the parliament that as per a bilateral agreement in May 2008, India-Pakistan Joint Judicial Committee on Prisoners (IPJJCP), consisting of retired judges of superior judiciary from the two countries are meeting every six months and visiting jails to ameliorate the conditions, ensure humane treatment and expeditious release of prisoners.
“However, the fact is that the IPJJCP has not met even once since more than two years and we demand this committee should be made active immediately,” PIPFPD general secretary Jatin Desai told IANS here on Saturday. “We would like the governments of both India and Pakistan to specify that the work of this committee needs to be facilitated with the support of both governments and hence immediate action is required in this matter,” Desai added. He said the IPJJCP was formed in 2008 and served as a crucial mechanism to ensure that the prisoners belonging to the two countries in each other’s jails are ensured their rights. (IANS)

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