Pakistan, Britain sign prisoner transfer agreement

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan and Britain on Thursday signed Prisoner Transfer Agreement at British High Commission in Islamabad.

According to a press statement issued by the British High Commission in Islamabad Thursday, the Prisoner Transfer Agreement was signed by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew and Pakistan Interior Secretary Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan.

State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Shazad Akbar witnessed the signing ceremony.

The agreement will give prisoners the opportunity to serve their sentence closer to home and allows them to prepare for their reintegration into their home community when they are eventually released from prison.

The agreement was approved in principle during the visit to Pakistan of British Home Secretary the Rt Hon. Sajid Javid MP in September. It restores and updates a previous agreement between the UK and Pakistan, and also includes strengthened assurances to ensure all transferred prisoners serve the appropriate sentence before being released.

Ambassador Drew commenting on the agreement called a testament to the strength of relationship between the two countries.

British HC tweeted, “I am delighted to sign the UK-Pakistan Prisoner Transfer Agreement – alongside Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi and SAPM Shazad Akbar.”

He went on to say, “It is an important step for both countries, which will allow prisoners of each to serve their sentences in their home country.”

The BHC said it will allow prisoners to serve their sentence closer to home. This is a testament to the strength of our two countries’ relationship.

Pakistan’s new government also making efforts to sign an extradition treaty with the UK and if it succeeds in signing this accord, it would join 105 countries that have such agreements with the United Kingdom.

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