Pakistan and Britain signed an agreement on The Transfer of Prisoners on Thursday that allows foreign detainees from both countries to serve their sentences closer to their home countries. The agreement should allow detainees to return to their societies after their release. At the signing ceremony, Drew said he was “happy to sign this updated prisoner transfer agreement that allows prisoners to serve their sentences closer to where they live.” Of the 88 Pakistanis imprisoned in Thailand last year, nearly 60 have been convicted of drug-related offences. Up to 48 prisoners have qualified to be sent back to Pakistani prisons. Pakistan paid $35,000 to bring back 17 convicts in the first phase. The agreement also aimed to strengthen the important legal right to mutual legal aid, extradition requests and anti-money laundering measures with Britain in order to obtain foreign courts for financial crimes involving Pakistani citizens. It restores and updates a previous agreement between the United Kingdom and Pakistan, as well as enhanced assurances to ensure that all transferred prisoners will serve the appropriate sentence before being released. ISLAMABAD: The British government has suspended an agreement with Pakistan on the exchange of prisoners convicted due to weak law enforcement and penalties for drug traffickers in Pakistan, as a parliamentary committee announced on Wednesday. The United Kingdom has already suspended another agreement signed in 2008 for the same reasons. The British government does not want to continue the exchange of detention agreements with Pakistan.
The reason is that the British government wants drug traffickers who are convicted in Britain and serving their sentences, to serve their sentences even after they are transferred to Pakistani prisons and that their sentences are not lifted by Pakistan. The British government will only consider reinstating the agreement if the Pakistani government applies the same punishment as that imposed on convicts in the UK,” said Shozab Abbas. Pakistani prisoners are making carpets in a prison in Faisalabad (Photo: Tariq Babur (CC-BY-SA 3.0) Shahzad Akbar, special assistant to the Prime Minister, however, said occRP that “the agreement has not been suspended”. He did not give further details. Then, in 2015, Nisar Ali Khan, then Pakistan`s interior minister, ended all prisoner exchange agreements after the release of many Pakistanis convicted abroad for collusion between the authorities. According to the British High Commission, the agreement, approved in principle during the visit of the British Minister of the Interior, Sajid Javid, to Pakistan in September, restores and updates an earlier treaty between the United Kingdom and Pakistan, strengthening assurances that all transferred prisoners will serve their appropriate sentences before being released.