“There are some prisoners who are in the prisons here [in Oman]. We have discussed with the Oman’s Minister of Interior about a proposal to shift them to prisons in Pakistan and remove Oman’s burden and free their prisons,” he mentioned, throughout a current pay a visit to to Oman.
If authorized, the move would be a solace to these prisoners and their households, he mentioned. “It would be a concession for these prisoners as they will be put in prisons close to their families. We have made this offer on a humanitarian basis and as soon as there is an agreement for this proposal, we will sign a formal protocol to transfer these prisoners to prisons in Pakistan,” Iqbal mentioned.
Last year, Dawn newspaper reported that relatives of some prisoners in Oman had held a protest demonstration in Pakistan asking the government to assist them. The demonstrators held banners and placards demanding release of their relatives serving sentences in Oman.
Iqbal commended Pakistan’s ties with Oman and mentioned there is a really great and sizeable Pakistani neighborhood in Oman (270,000) that is carrying out nicely and becoming helpful to the economy of Oman.
Information Source: Muscat Daily