Indian SC calls record of 9 Pakistani prisoners
NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the records of nine Pakistani prisoners still languishing in a Jammu jail after serving their sentences. The court asked the government to furnish within a week the details of the steps taken by it for the prisoners’ release. The bench consisting of Justice Ruma Pal and Justice PV Reddi also asked for the records of nine other Pakistani prisoners languishing in Rajasthan jails despite serving their sentences. An interesting debate arouse between the bench and Additional Solicitor General Altaf Ahmed on the rights of foreigners on Indian soil and the exchange of prisoners. The bench, acting on a letter received from the Pakistani prisoners, said the rights of Pakistanis could not be sacrificed to the hostility between the two countries. Mr Ahmed said the prisoners should not be released till “a credible, proper and mutually acceptable mode of exchange is worked out” between the two countries”.