The Saudi government has released sixty-three Pakistanis who had been languishing in the jails of Saudi Arabia for petty crimes on the occasion of Eidul Azha.
According to a source, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz ordered authorities to releases the Pakistani prisoners on a special request of Prime Minister Imran Khan
After their release from various jails of the kingdom, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Pakistani consulates arranged for their return to Pakistan.
These Pakistanis arrived at the Islamabad International Airport on Tuesday afternoon on a special flight of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) – PK-9728.
Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OFP) Managing Director Dr Amer Sheikh received the freed prisoners along with senior officials of the foundation, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OPHRD) and families of these people.
These Pakistanis expressed jubilation at their release and return to their homeland ahead of Eid and chanted “Pakistan Zindabad” and “Imran Khan Zindabad” slogans. They also expressed gratitude to the incumbent government for “its remarkable efforts” in that regard
According to the OPF spokesman, these prisoners jailed in minor drug-related cases were released due to persistent efforts of the Pakistan Mission in Riyadh and ministries of foreign affairs and the OPHRD.
He said the OPF and other relevant departments made arrangements for facilitating their return to their hometowns so that they could celebrate Eidul Azha with their families.
Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid on May 10 said that 1,100 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia were being repatriated to Pakistan. According to the minister, the prisoners were being released as part of the agreements signed during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the kingdom.