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Saudi-Pakistan prisoner swap agreement 'close'

Crown Prince Salman expected to sign prisoner deal during visit to Pakistan, which has 6600 nationals behind bars in the kingdom

Saudi-Pakistan prisoner swap agreement 'close'
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Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are expected to sign a prisoner swap agreement on Sunday, according to Arab News.

During a three-nation tour including the Asian country, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defence Crown Prince Salman also is expected to discuss security cooperation in the areas of organised crime and drug trafficking, issues surrounding Pakistani expats in the kingdom and Saudi investment in infrastructure.

Pakistani Ambassador Mohammed Naeem Khan said the two countries would endorse an “agreement providing for the transfer of prisoners between the two nations”.

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis work in Saudi Arabia, which has an expat population of about 9m.

More than 2200 Pakistanis are in Saudi jails either awaiting trial or serving sentences.

Another 4451 Pakistanis are in detention centres for allegedly breaching work visa regulations.

The prisoner transfer agreement would allow some Pakistanis to serve their sentence either in full or part at home.

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