Prime Minister Modi has expressed gratitude to the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani for pardoning several prisoners, including 23 Indians, at the beginning of holy month of Ramadan.
In a tweet, Mr Modi said, as a special gesture to mark the start of Ramadan, the Government of Qatar released 23 prisoners, who will return to India. He expressed his deepest gratitude to the Emir of Qatar for the gesture.
“A special gesture to mark the start of a special month…the Government of Qatar releases 23 prisoners, who will return home to India. My deepest gratitude to the Emir of Qatar for the gesture.” tweeted Prime Minister Modi, who is in Washington on a bilateral visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama.
“HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued an Emiri gesture pardoning a number of prisoners on the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan,” reported Qatar News Agency.
Though official figures are still awaiting, many of the pardoned prisoners are from India, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines, said Doha News, adding that Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani typically pardons inmates twice a year, including the National Day on December 18.
More information about those who are pardoned will be sent to their respective embassies in the coming weeks.