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378 Pak nationals presently lodged in various jails in India: Ramachandran

New Delhi , Tue, 09 Aug 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Aug 9 (ANI): Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs M. Ramachandran today said that a total of 378 Pakistani prisoners are presently lodged in various jails in India.


In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Ramachandran said: "As per information available, 360 Pakistani prisoners and 18 Pakistan fishermen (Totalling 378) are presently lodged in various jails in India. This includes 80 Pakistani prisoners lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi."


Hr said on behalf of 65 Pakistani nationals who are members of the Mehdi Foundation International (Gohar Shahis) presently lodged in Tihar Jail (which includes 12 children), a Writ Petition was filed in the High Court of Delhi seeking stay on their deportation apprehending that they will be persecuted in Pakistan.


"On this Writ Petition, the High Court has granted a stay on their deportation, which is presently valid till November 30," he added.


He said in pursuance of the directions of the High Court i, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has conducted refugee status determination in respect of these Pakistan nationals.


"Based on the report of UNHCR, Government has decided to accept them as refugees and to request UNHCR to locate a third country to which these persons can be sent. UNHCR has initiated actions to locate a third country where these Pakistan nationals could be sent," he added, an official release said. (ANI)


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