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Kabul hails UAE role in freeing Pakistanis

posted on 30/11/2002: 1627 views


Afghanistan has expressed appreciation at the "constructive role" played by the UAE government in the release of a number of Pakistanis who had entered the country illegally during the Taliban rule. A group of 87 Pakistani prisoners held in Afghanistan were released earlier this week and turned over to the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, sources told Gulf News.



The prisoners were the third batch to be set free by Afghan security agencies on humanitarian grounds, as part of the ongoing process of releasing foreign prisoners accused of illegal and subversive actions in Afghanistan. Omar Samad, Afghan Foreign Ministry Spokesman, said Kabul appreciated the role played by the UAE in this regard and also by the International Committee of the Red Cross in solving the matter.



The process of release of these individuals will continue and be applicable to those prisoners who are not accused of grave human rights violations or war crimes against Afghanistan, Samad explained. Violations that include the killing of innocent Afghans, destruction of Afghan villages, land and cultural relics are considered "grave". Samad added that the move reflects Afghanistan's "policy of good neighbourliness" vis-à-vis Pakistan. (The Gulf News)

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