Human trafficking victims in Pak jails : Human Rights Group

Canada NRI Sital Kler, case coordinator of the South Asian Human Rights Group of Canada Society, has given Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, a list of 60 names of Punjabis who are still lodged in Pakistan jails. Kler said he received the list from Pakistan based human rights activists. He told the CM and the media in Jalandhar that the men from Punjab in Pakistan jails are victims of a human trafficking racket who were promised greener pastures but were abandoned in Libya and their passports were taken away. Libya then sent them to Iran who in turn sent them to Pakistan, where they were convicted for illegally entering the country. The men have served 14 years in jail but do not have any proof that they are Indian citizens. As they do not have passports or other documents Pakistan is also unable to send them to India. Kler said he has the names of the prisoners and of their fathers and the Punjab government should be able to help identify them. He urged the CM to take up the issue with the Union ministry of external affairs.