Pak complains to MEA as team denied access to inmates at

New Delhi: The Pakistan High Commission today said that a team of its diplomats was denied access to inmates in Jaipur prison and the matter has been taken up with the External Affairs Ministry.

“The incident occurred on February 25 when the delegation came here to meet the Pakistani prisoners, which also includes Pakistani fishermen consisting minors and women,” the High Commission said.

It said the matter has been taken up with the Ministry of External Affairs asking them to look into it with a view to ensuring that such lapses do not recur in future.

Pakistan has always given top priority to such humanitarian issues and facilitated the access of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to Indian prisoners, it said.

According to an official at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, “the four-member team had permission from the Ministry of External Affairs to give consular access to Pakistani prisoners but they were denied access to the Pakistani prisoners.”

The Pakistani High Commission official said there are 25 Pakistani prisoners in Jaipur jail, including minors and women.