ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and Thailand formally affected the transfer of eight Pakistani prisoners in Bangkok on Tuesday, under the bilateral 'Agreement on Cooperation in the Transfer of Offenders and Enforcement of Penal Sentences.' According to Foreign Office, Pak Ambassador to Thailand Sohail Mahmood and Thai Director Gen of the Department of Corrections Chartchai Suthiklom represented their respective governments in the transfer ceremony. The move is the outcome of an inter-governmental process and represents close cooperation between the two countries in consular matters. The pact was signed in 2007 and came into force in Dec 2009 after both sides completed their respective ratification processes. Proactive efforts have since been made to ensure fast-track implementation of the accord. As per the provisions, those prisoners who have completed 1/3 of their awarded sentences (or 4 or 8 years, depending on the nature of the offence) have the right to request for transfer. It is the first batch of prisoners being transferred to Pakistan while the cases of remaining qualified prisoners have been submitted to the Thai authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, and the Embassy of Pakistan in Bangkok worked closely to achieve this outcome.