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India tells Pakistan court to free four Indians as jail terms over, hearing today

THE INDIAN High Commission in Pakistan Thursday moved the Islamabad High Court for the release of four Indian nationals convicted by military courts on charges of alleged espionage, and who remain imprisoned long after they had completed their sentence — in one case, more than 13 years ago. The Constitutional petition filed by the High Commission through First Secretary Aparna Ray — the four men and the mission are the petitioners — says their continued incarceration is “illegal” and “unjusitified” as it violates Pakistan's own laws and is “against the dictums of the superior courts of the country”.

The petition comes up for hearing Friday before Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani.The petition seeks their release “in the interest of justice, fair play and equality”. It asks the court to declare their custody, after the completion of their sentences, as “illegal, unlawful, unprecedented, result of colourable exercise of authority, based on malafide, abuse of process of law” and “amount[ing] to illegal detention” under the Constitution of Pakistan.

News source ~ Indian Express