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396 Indians languish in Pak jails despite finishing jail term: MEA

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WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 06, 2019, 02.42 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

The number of Indians who have completed their jail term but still languish in foreign jails stands at 434, minister of state for external affairs General VK Singh informed Parliament today. 

According to the ministry of external affairs, a substantial number belongs to Pakistan totalling 434. General VK Singh informed Parliament that 396 Indians languish in Pakistani jails despite finishing their jail terms.

General VK Singh said Indian "Missions and Posts abroad provide all possible consular support and humanitarian and legal assistance on a case-to-case basis" and are "completing formalities by coordinating with local immigration authorities for early deportation of the Indians who have completed their jail terms."

The other number comes from the United Arab Emirates where 16 Indians still languish in jail despite completing the term, followed by Nepal at 7, Oman at 4, Bangladesh at 3, and Fiji at 2. China, France, Iran, Portugal, Russia, Uzbekistan have one Indian each in the jails who despite completing the term still remain in jail.

At least 4,705 Indian nationals are in prisons in Gulf countries. This number also includes Indian origin labourers imprisoned in the jails there.

At 2224, Saudi Arabia has the maximum number of Indians imprisoned, followed by 1,606 in UAE, 483 in Kuwait, 212 in Qatar, 121 in Bahrain and 59 in Muscat.