Saudi Arabia greenlights prisoner swap deal with Pakistan

Flags of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Photo: AFP
  • The agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia provides for the exchange of convicted prisoners between two countries.
  • The Saudi cabinet approves draft bilateral cooperation agreements against crimes.
  • King Salman bin Abdul Aziz chairs the cabinet meeting.

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet has given the go-ahead to the proposed prisoner swap deal with Pakistan, according to a Saudi state media report, The news reported Wednesday.

According to the Saudi Press Agency, the agreement provides for the exchange of convicted prisoners between the two countries.

In addition to this, the cabinet also approved the draft bilateral cooperation agreements against crimes and a document to develop a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan on illegal human and drug trafficking.

The meeting was chaired by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the SPA said.

In May 2021, in an impressive diplomatic feat, Prime Minister Imran Khan back from a trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a signed prisoner transfer agreement.

A PTA is a bilateral contract between states that facilitates the transfer of detainees to their country of origin. In July and August 2021, we saw two installments of Pakistanis returning home from the Kingdom.

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