33 more Pakistani prisoners from Libya reach home


KARACHI: The Efforts of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Libya Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Zia and Pakistan’s former Federal Minister for Human Rights and Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International, Ansar Burney, once again has become fruitful when out of 248 Pakistani prisoners in Libyan prisons, 33 more have reached back home on Wednesday morning.

Earlier out of 248, trafficked Pakistanis to Libya, 34 prisoners released and arrived back home on 14th May, 34 on 29th April, and now further batch of 33 more reached back home on Wednesday.

The Director of Ansar Burney Trust International, Shagufta Burney said that the remaining Pakistani prisoners would also be released soon.

She appreciated the efforts of Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan’s Ambassador in Libya Lt Gen (Retd) Javed Zia, Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International, Ansar Burney and Libyan Government for their kind assistance in this regard.

She said human traffickers had booked Pakistani citizens for Italy for hefty sums of money. The victims of such human trafficking had not only lost their money, which they had gathered after they had sold domestic appliances and jewellery but many had drowned in open Sea while many were caught and jailed. Some 1000 passengers in large boats had drowned after 3 boats had caught fire. Those 248 Pakistanis who were rescued later jailed by Libyan authorities. She announced that the remaining Pakistani prisoners in Libyan Jails will also be released and reach back home in a week or so.

Shagufta Burney further said that these 248 are those trafficked Pakistanis who survived in Mediterranean-Sea last year and later arrested and sent to Libyan Prisons, while almost one thousand unfortunates trafficked persons drowned in the sea.

She said the Ansar Burney Trust International is thankful to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pakistan’s Embassy in Tripoli for their kind assistance and support in this regard and hoped that the remaining Pakistanis would also reach back home soon.

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