Pakistani released from Indian prison after 16 years

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By Muhammad Luqman

Jalaluddin, a Pakistani national, who had been imprisoned in northern Indian city Varanasi (Benaras), was released from central jail after 16 years on Monday, reported the newspaper India Today.

He is likely to be handed over to Pakistani authorities on November 6 (Tuesday) at Wagha border.

Jalaluddin was arrested by the Indian police in Varanasi in the Uttar Pradesh state in the year 2001 on the charges of espionage, according  to the Indian media. A court had then sentenced him to 16 years in prison.

“He was imprisoned under the Official Secrets Act and Foreigner’s Act. He has been handed over to the local police.”  A police official was quoted by the newspaper, India Today.

At the time of arrest, Jalaluddin hailing from Southern Pakistan province of Sindh, had done his Secondary School Certificate (Matric). He completed his intermediate and did his MA from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He also undertook an electrician course as well in the jail. He had been an umpire in the jail cricket leagues for the last three years, the newspaper reported.

According to the report, a special team has been delegated with the task to take Jalaluddin to Amritsar, where he will be handed over to concerned authorities at the Wagah-Attari border, following which he will return to Pakistan.

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