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5,000 Afghan prisoners in Iranian jails, says deputy FM

5,000 Afghan prisoners in Iranian jails, says deputy FM

Mar 27, 2011 - 20:10

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The deputy foreign affairs minister on Sunday said out of 5,000 Afghan prisoners in Iranian jails, 4,000 were held on drug-related charges, with another 280 Afghans facing execution.

Javed Lodin was summoned to the Meshrano Jirgainfo-icon, lower house of the parliament, on Sunday to brief senators on problems of Afghan citizens living abroad and traders.

Lodin was grilled by lawmakers about Afghan prisoners in Iran, Afghan students in India and Libya and stranded trucks of Afghan traders in Pakistani port city of Karachi.

Lodin said first vice president, Mohammad Qasim Fahim, had taken up the issue of Afghan prisoners with Iranian officials during his recent visit to the neighbouring country. President Hamid Karzai, who is currently in Iran, was to discuss the matter with Iranian authorities, he added.

In Libya, according to Lodin, the Afghan embassy in neighbouring Egypt had been instructed to make sure Afghan students in Libya were transported back to their homeland.

About problems facing Afghan traders in Karachi, Lodin said Afghanistaninfo-icon-bound trucks were now allowed to cross the border into the country after a four-month blockade.

He said the issue was resolved under the recently agreed Afghanistan-Pakistaninfo-icon Transit Trade Agreement (APTTAinfo-icon).



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