Yemen to swap prisoners with Pakistan [Archives:2004/796/Local News]
Agencies-Yemen and Pakistan are expected to finalize a deal soon for exchanging prisoners.
Yemen and Pakistan are expected to finalize a deal soon for exchanging prisoners suspected of belonging to Al-Qaeda network, security sources said on Saturday.
The daily al-Rai News cited the sources as saying that Yemen's Interior Minister Rashad al-Alaimi will visit Pakistan next month to sign a security agreement with his Pakistani counterpart, Aftap Ahmed Khan Sharbao, under which the prisoner exchange will be enforced.
Currently, there are 62 Yemenis detained in Pakistani jails, many of whom were captured after escaping Afghanistan when the U.S. occupation forces entered the country in late 2001.
Most of the detainees are also wanted by the Yemeni authorities on charges of security violations.
According to the agreement; Yemen and Pakistan will intensify their efforts in combating terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.