Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now languishing in jails and detention centres of different countries.
Answering a query from ruling Awami League MP Abdul Latif, the minister said that foreign ministry was trying to bring back the detainees.
The ministry had appointed lawyers to help the detainees to free them and to take general amnesty, he added.
According to the minister, of the total, the highest number, 2,051 Bangladeshis, are in the prisons of India.
In addition, there are 1,156 prisoners in the UAE, 1,279 in Saudi Arabia, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 316 in Kuwait and others.
The foreign minister while answering another query from AL MP Benjir Ahmed said that his ministry would soon launch an application titled ‘Dutabash’ so that Bangladeshi expatriates could get round the clock service.
After the app was launched, consulate service would reach every Bangladeshi expatriate, he said.
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