Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has extended gratitude to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for pardoning 572 Pakistani prisoners on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

A statement issued by the office of Pakistan's Prime Minister today said that Pakistan appreciates this initiative, which would contribute to further enhancing friendly bilateral relations.

As many as 572 Pakistani prisoners in various jails of the UAE are set to be released during Ramadan.

The Pakistanis were among the 3,005 prisoners who were pardoned by Sheikh Khalifa as an act of kindness during the blessed month of Ramazan, Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal had said at a weekly press briefing at the Foreign Office (FO), App reported.

The emirate-wise break-up of Pakistani prisoners to be released was:

- Abu Dhabi and Al Ain (262)

- Dubai (177)

- Sharjah (52)

- Ajman (65) 

- Fujairah (16)

He added that the Pakistan mission in the UAE was in touch with the local authorities for the prisoners' release and deportation to Pakistan and providing them necessary assistance including issuance of out-passes, passports and air tickets, where required.

At present, around 2,409 Pakistani nationals are in eight UAE jails, facing imprisonment in different minor and major crimes, he added.
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