The Bangladeshis were working in an Omani fishing boat and the Coast Guard of Pakistan detained them for trespassing in May 2019
Eight Bangladesh nationals, who were in prison in Malir under Sindh Province of Pakistan, have returned home after incarceration for one and half years.
A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying the Bangladeshis landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Thursday night, reports Bangla Tribune.
The incarcerated individuals -- Nabir Uddin, Yusuf Uddin, Md Shahraj, Abul Kashem, Md Shahed, Md Khan Shab, Md Sharif, and Mohammad Delwar Hossain -- are the residents of Hatiya upazila in Noakhali.
Upon their arrival at the airport, Brac, with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Expatriates' Welfare Desk, provided them with emergency services, including drinking water.
Besides, a psychosocial counsellor of Brac also counselled the returnees.
All of them, meanwhile, reached their village homes, their relatives said.
These eight Bangladeshis were working in an Omani fishing boat when it entered Pakistani waters due to force of tide while fishing in the Arabian Sea in May 2019, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. The Coast Guard of Pakistan detained them for trespassing.
Considering their financial situation, the government of Bangladesh met all the expenses to bring them back home.
The repatriation was made possible due to cooperation from Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Karachi, Home Ministry of Sindh provincial government, Pakistan Foreign Ministry, the authorities concerned of Malir jail, International Organization for Migration, and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.
The process to bring back detained Bangladeshis from Pakistan resumed on November 25 after an eight-year long gap.