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364 Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, says Sartaj Aziz

364 Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, says Sartaj Aziz
Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Advisor to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, has said that there are 364 Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.

Replying to a question in the Senate, he said these jails include Riyadh, Jubail, Buridah, Dammam, Khober and Oniza, reports the Dawn.

Aziz added that the embassy of Pakistan is extending all possible assistance to Pakistani prisoners in jails and deportation centers in the Kingdom.

“Embassy has sought consular access for the detainees, to inquire about their welfare and extended to them all possible assistance and has also forwarded clemency requests from their relatives to the Royal Court,” he said.

The advisor said that the Saudi government provided translator’s to the accused during the investigation process and proceedings in the courts.

“In serious offences, lawyers are provided on the government’s expenses,” he added. (ANI)