Pakistanis face uncertain future in Afghan prison

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani legal aid group Wednesday said dozens of Pakistani prisoners held by the US at an Afghan prison were at risk of falling into indefinite detention due to stalled negotiations between the US and Pakistan over their repatriation.

The Justice Project Pakistan represents Pakistani prisoners held in Afghanistan and their families.

The group said there were about 60 foreign detainees including 40 believed to be of Pakistani descent at the Parwan Detention Facility, often referred to as Bagram prison. Most were taken into custody by US forces following the US invasion of Afghanistan.

The prison has been compared to the Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba.

The report issued by the group said negotiations between the US and Pakistan stalled over concerns they might return to the battlefield or face inhumane treatment at home.

The legal aid group urged Pakistan to put pressure on the United States to free the detainees held without charge before Nato troops leave Afghanistan next year.

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