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Pakistan: Prisoners

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens were imprisoned in Pakistan in 2006; and how many such citizens received consular assistance. (245443)

The number of British nationals who were imprisoned in Pakistan in 2006 and whose detention was reported to the British high commission in Islamabad or the British deputy high commission in Karachi was 34. We have provided appropriate consular assistance to all of these individuals.

With regard to individuals of dual British/Pakistani nationality, we may only be aware that a dual national has been detained if the detaining authorities inform us of the detention, or allow the person to contact our consular staff. When we do seek access to a detained dual national in the country of their other nationality, that access, and any help we can provide, will depend on the agreement of the other state.