List of Indo-Pak Prisoners
In view of building trust, Aaghaz-e-Dosti is releasing the details of the Indian and Pakistani prisoners lodged in each other’s jail. This was probably the first time in July 2014 when any such detailed list was made public by Aaghaz-e-Dosti. By this, we hope to facilitate transparency as well as to sensitize people on both sides about each other’s pain and towards the larger goal of peace and humanity.
After the release of First list in July 2014, Now Aaghaz-e-Dosti is again releasing detailed list of Indian and Pakistani Prisoners in each other’s jails. We, at Aaghaz-e-Dosti believe that by doing this, we are not only helping families, activists and advocates but also trying to contribute our own way in larger objective of peacebuilding for which our governments are also working.
RELEASE OF INDO -PAK PRISONERS LIST: JUNE 2016
Aaghaz-e-Dosti also analysed the list and stated that our objective to putting it up on public portal is to make people sensitize that situation is not different either side. Both sides maintain almost equal numbers of prisoners and fishermen cumulatively. However the greater objective is to see if this list can provide help to families of victims and their advocates as many times even families are not aware if their family member is in jail of other country.
list that is updated till 01 July 2015, that total 48 Indian prisoners (civil) were in Pakistani jails where approx 60% i.e. 29 prisoners (including 5 women prisoners) had already completed the sentence awarded to them but they are unable to come due to their nationality not confirmed. Sentence of 13 prisoners have completed even during the year 2002 to 2010, but they are unable to return due to nationality issue. List also include 1 prisoner who is deaf and dumb and therefore nothing is certain about him, however names and parentage is not known for 2 other prisoners. Long punishment (of more than 5 years and up to 25 years) awarded in only 10 cases, while for all others, punishment is within 2 years. Long punishments were awarded under Pakistan Army act and Officials Secrets Act.
Download: Indian Prisoners in Pak Jails July 2015
With this analysis, it is observed that even when punishment is within two years, prisoners are lodged since long time due to other reasons such as ascertaining their nationality, that may be attributed to other factors such as bureaucratic hurdles or not getting proper advocacy and support.
355 nos. of Indian fishermen were lodged in Pakistani jails where 352 had already been completed their sentence but 218 of these were unable to return due to reason of nationality status not confirmed.
Download: Indian Fishermen in Pak Jails July 2015
It is also observed that in the list of all 27 nos. of Pakistani fishermen lodged in Indian jails, Nationality status is not confirmed in all cases. In this list, all fishermen are undertrial (while 1 fisherman got arrested in 2010, 14 in 2013, 12 in 2014 and others later) and no sentence awarded to them except of 1 prisoner who is acquitted. All cases are registered under under u/s 3,10,7,14 MZI Act (JMFC Dwarka).
Download: Pak Fihsermen in Indian Jails July 2015
Among the 251 total Pakistani civilians held in Indian jails, 102 are still undertrial while 55 (including 1 deaf and dumb and 1 woman) completed their sentence and unable to return due to reasons of nationality status. 7 persons acquitted from charges, but due nationality status and not filing of acquittal appeal from J&K govt, they are unable to return. There are 2 persons against whom offence could not registered as their mental condition is not sound. Death row prisoners are 2 and persons who get life term are 22 in numbers.
Download: Pak Prisoners in Indian Jails July 2015
RELEASE OF INDO -PAK PRISONERS LIST: JULY 2014
Around 250-300 Indian and Pakistani prisoners are languishing in each other’s prisons. These prisoners also include fishermen.
As we see, their fate seems to be tied to “goodwill” gestures. Their fate is directly impacted by the Indo-Pak relations yet we do not know anything about them other than their numbers. They are reduced to statistics. Also, there may be unfortunate cases wherein the family of the prisoner may not be aware about his/her whereabouts and may still be searching. They may also be unaware of the crime under which he/she may have been booked.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is a committed initiative that works to foster peace and friendship between these two countries. We aim to challenge mutual suspicion and distrust. We aim to aware people on both sides about each other’s pain.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti has accessed the details regarding their status, name and FIR under which they are detained.
Pakistani fishermen data as on 1 July 2013
According to the list available for Pakistani prisoners lodged in Indian jails, there are 238 prisoners and 107 fishermen as on 1 July 2013.
Some shocking facts emerged from the fishermen data. From the total list of 107 fishermen, there are 46 fishermen (approx 43% of total arrested fishermen) for whom the offence was not registered till 01.07.2013 in spite of their arrest date 07 Jan 2013 (of 14 fishermen) and 22.02.2013 (of 32 fishermen). All remaining 61 fishermen were under trial in spite of their arrest in the year 2011 (2 fishermen), 2012 (21 fishermen) and 2013 (38 fishermen). It means that from among the arrested fishermen, approx 43% are under arrest without registering any offence, while 57% remains under trial.
Pakistani prisoner data as on 1 July 2013
Total 278 pakistani prisoners (excluding fishermen) were lodged in Indian jails as on 01.07.2013.
*Among these prisoners, offence has not been registered for 5 prisoners.
*48 prisoners have completed their sentence but are still lodged. 27 of them are awaiting the nationality confirmation from Pakistan High Commission). Few of them had completed their sentence in 2007/2008. Few others are awaiting NOC from respective Indian states as well as Nationality confirmation from Pakistani High commission.
*6 are acquitted but are still lodged as they are waiting for NOC and Nationality confirmation. Two of them were arrested in 2000.
*1 prisoner faces death sentence
*139 are under trial
*79 are undergoing sentence (including 21 for life sentence)
*There are 11 women prisoners
Indian Fishermen Data as on 1 January 2014
Total Fishermen: 232
Includes: 7 Persons confirmed in Youthful offenders Industrial School Karachi and consular access was not provided to any of them. They all were considered as under trials however it was not mentioned that when they were arrested.
Rest 225 lodged in Jails.
From these 225 fishermen, 127 were under trial. (52% undertrial)
From rest 98 fishermen, 8 completed their sentence but lodged in jail additionally since more than 10 months as their National Status not confirmed. While for 90 others (40% of total fishermen), sentence completed and Nationality Status also completed but they were lodged in jails additionally for more than 10 months due to reasons not clear.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti thinks that it may include documentation or other bureaucratic hurdles and it is possible that many of them were released in subsequent months.
Indian Prisoners’ Data as on 1 January 2014
Total Civilian Prisoners lodged: 49
From 49 prisoners, Nationality was not confirmed for 29 persons (59%) and 17 of these 29 persons had already completed their sentence. 4 of them had completed their sentence since the year 2006 and 2007 but still imprisoned due to Nationality Status not confirmed.
1 prisoner is in jail despite his nationality status confirmed and sentence completed.
3 persons were under trial in total 49 prisoners.
2 persons were awarded death sentence.
*Note: Please note that Aaghaz-e-Dosti is not responsible for any mistake in typing or in providing information. These information are produced here by AeD in view of the fact and of opinion that it may facilitate families from both sides to know details of their relatives, wards and it is being done on completely humanitarian angle. Information will be updated time to time by our team.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is writing letter to Ministry of external affairs in this regard. Also, it invites suggestions from people of India and Pakistan to make a framework of guidelines that will be submitted to both the government of India and Pakistan for a more fair treatment of these prisoners and fishermen. Aaghaz-e-Dosti is writing to Pakistani High Commission, New Delhi to take up the cases of prisoners who are lodged in jails here even after completing sentence only due to awaiting confirmation of nationality.