A total of 468 Indian nationals are in Pakistani jails, while 985 continue to remain in prisons in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Himalayan neighbor Nepal has 377 Indians in its jails, while Bangladesh has put 128 Indians behind the bars, with 37 others completing their prison terms and awaiting deportation. "Where required, the Indian missions and posts abroad also provide air tickets for facilitating the return of the Indian prisoners who have completed their sentence to India," the reply said.
The minister said that, according to information provided by the Indian high commission in Islamabad, there are 219 civil prisoners, believed to be Indians, in Pakistani jails. However, Pakistani authorities state that there are 47 civil prisoners believed to be Indians in Pakistani jails, Gen. V.K. Singh said. According to information available with the mission, besides civil prisoners, as of date, there are 249 prisoners in Pakistani jails believed to be Indian fishermen, he stated in his written reply. (IANS)