Chinese lawmakers okay prisoner exchange treaty with Pakistan

Each side will be able to transfer sentenced persons back to their own country once the treaty goes into effect


APP April 30, 2020
Each side will be able to transfer sentenced persons back to their own country once the treaty goes into effect. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

BEIJING: China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, a top legislative body, has ratified the treaty on the transfer of sentenced persons between Pakistan and China.

The 17th session of the standing committee, which concluded on Wednesday, was chaired by its Chairman Li Zhanshu, and attended by 123 committee members in person and 46 others via video link, China Economic Net reported on Thursday.

The meeting heard the report of the deliberations of a treaty on the transfer of convicted criminals between Pakistan and China and ratified it, the report said.

The delegations from two countries started negotiations on the treaty in Islamabad in August 2014, reaching bilateral agreement on provisions and initiating the text of the treaty. China's then Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi officially signed the treaty during Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Beijing in November 2018, in the presence of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

The treaty laid a legal foundation for China and Pakistan to strengthen cooperation on the transfer of sentenced persons. Each side will be able to transfer sentenced persons back to their own country once the treaty goes into effect.

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