Deaths of Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails ‘alarming’: MEA | India News


NEW DELHI: India has raised with Pakistan the deaths of several Indians lodged in jails in that country.
Calling the high number of deaths “alarming,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Pakistan is duty bound to maintain the safety and security of Indian prisoners.
He said that 6 Indians, most of them fishermen, have died in Pakistani jails in the last nine months. They had completed their sentences but were in illegal detention of Pakistani authorities when they died, Bagchi said.
Indian fishermen are often held by Pakistan’s marine forces for allegedly straying into its territorial waters.
But on Friday itself, Pakistan claimed to have saved the lives of six Indian fishermen from drowning after their boat sank, close to the international maritime boundary line between the two neighbouring countries.
Addressing the media, Bagchi also said that India has conveyed to US its objection about the American ambassador in Pakistan visiting Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
(With agency inputs)


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