High Court orders repatriation of five Pakistanis

SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has ordered repatriation of five Pakistanis to their country of origin within six weeks.
Disposing of their petition last week, a bench of Justice Hasnain Massodi ordered repatriation of Syed Qasim Shah Badshah of Peshawar, Fakhr-ul-Zaman of Gujranwalla Pakistan, Tanveer Ahmad Tanwari, Waseem Noor Jet and Mohammad Mikhail, both from Punjab Pakistan.
In this regard, the court directed the state government to settle ‘interse disagreement’ regarding the extent of the help required from Indian home secretary for the repartition.
The direction followed submissions by Assistant Solicitor General of India S A Makroo that as per the government of India’s policy, it is for the state government to take the steps for the repatriation of the foreign nationals and the Indian home secretary is only required to extend help as may be required by the state through home secretary, inspector general of police (CID) and Superintendent of jail.
Earlier, in his submissions, advocate Shafaqat Hussain said the trial, in respective cases, against all the five Pakistanis stands concluded and they have served the sentence awarded to them by the trial courts.
He said that the matter regarding their repatriation was not being persuaded with due despatch and they are unnecessarily being made to languish in central jail Srinagar.
Meanwhile, the court also said that the five Pakistanis were expected to be lodged in present placement of lodgement, Central Jail Srinagar, till their repatriation.