ISLAMABAD - Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries with highest number of Pakistani prisoners languishing in the jails of holy land.

Most of them are held on charges of drug trafficking, a document of Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed. Foreign Ministry informed the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control that around 7,912 Pakistani prisoners are imprisoned in different countries.

The committee directed the ministry to provide legal assistance to the Pakistani prisoners according to the law of land. According to the Foreign Ministry, 346 Pakistani prisoners are imprisoned in Afghan jails on charges of terror activities, Talibanisation, fake currency, murder, theft, fake NIC, drug, rape and illegal stay.

Some 1920 Pakistani prisoners are in Saudi jails for committing offences of drug trafficking, theft and rape. In Australia and Austria 274 Pakistani prisoners are in different jails and information is not provided to the both missions by the host governments due to privacy of laws.

In Azerbaijan and Bahrain, 64 Pakistani prisoners are in different jails for committing offences of drug trafficking, fake currency, fraud and murder. The committee was informed that in Bangladesh and Iran, 252 Pakistani prisoners are in jails for committing offences of violation of immigration laws, overstay, border crossing and miscellaneous cases.

In Belgium, 8 Pakistani prisoners are in jail on the charges of drug trafficking, forgery and miscellaneous cases and in Canada there are 17 Pakistani prisoners and the exact information about prisoners and charges is not provided by the host government due to privacy of laws.

According to documents of Foreign Ministry, 206 Pakistani prisoners are in Chinese jails and facing charges of drug smuggling, robbery, murder, fraud and illegal business, while in Cambodia one Pakistani is in jail in offence of drug trafficking.

In Denmark and France, 95 Pakistani are in jails and the exact information about prisoners and charges, is not provided by the host government due to privacy of laws. In Germany 16 Pakistani are in jails for committing offences of forged documents, sexual assault and guardianship, while in Greece 70 Pakistani are in jails for committing offences of illegal immigrant.

In India 386 Pakistani are in jails for committing violation of immigration of laws, overstay, border crossing and in Indonesia five Pakistani prisoners are in jails for committing offences of drug trafficking.

In Iraq 87 Pakistani prisoners in jails on the charges of forged documents, illegal eatery and drug matter. In Ireland and Italy 129 are in jails on the charges of murder, rape, drug smuggling, violation and immigration laws. In Japan, Kenya, Jordan and South Korea 23 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of sexual violence, assault, murder and rape.

In Kuwait 265 Pakistani are in jails on the charges of drug trafficking, adultery, theft, illegal immigration and forgery, while in Lebanon 4 Pakistani are in jails in offence of murder, forgery and illegal stay.

In Malaysia 225 Pakistani are in jails on the charges of drug trafficking, theft, murder and forgery. In Maldives, Morocco and Nepal 38 Pakistanis are in jails on the charges of drug trafficking, theft, forgery and fake currency. In Oman 629 Pakistani are in prisoners in jails in offence of murder, drug trafficking, illegal eatery, robbery, forgery, violation of labour and residence laws. In poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa and Russia 68 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of murder, drug trafficking, theft, rape, illegal stay, forgery and others.

In Spain 146 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of sexual assault, financial fraud, theft violation of foreign citizen law, drug trafficking and murder and in Sri Lanka 56 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of drug trafficking, fake currency and forgery.

In Switzerland, Singapore, Tajikistan and Thailand 75 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of murder, fake currency, and drug trafficking. In Turkey 60 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of illegal eatery and on the other side 335 Pakistani prisoners are in United Kingdom jails in offence of violence, sexual offence, theft, fraud, rape and murder.

In United States 102 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of immigration violation, sexual assault, murder, overstay, illegal eatery, fraud, theft and marriage fraud.

In Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yeman 19 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of murder, drug trafficking, violation of regulations of the trade and illegal stay. In UAE (Abu Dhabi) 1,800 Pakistani prisoners are in jails on the charges of illegal stay, drug trafficking, forgery, fraud, theft and traffic violation.