Prisoners’ Welfare: Federal Ombudsman Praises Punjab Government’s Efforts – Pakistan

LAHORE: After critically reviewing the measures taken for the improvement of prisons in Punjab, Federal Ombudsman Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi said that the work being done for the welfare of prisoners in the province is exemplary.

He said this during a meeting held at the Chief Secretary’s office here on Saturday. Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal, Advocate General Punjab Ahmed Owais, IG Prisons and relevant officers attended the meeting held to review prison reforms in light of the Supreme Court orders.

IG Prisons gave a detailed briefing to the meeting. He was informed that monitoring and welfare committees have been notified in all prisons. Twenty-bed hospitals are being set up in 17 prisons to rehabilitate drug-addicted prisoners. He was informed that 17 psychologists and 19 junior psychologists have been delegated to the prisons. Detainees receive free legal aid and technical training. A pilot project for the establishment of family rooms in the central prisons of Faisalabad and Multan has been launched, while the Central Complaints Unit has also been established to deal with complaints from inmates.

The federal ombudsman said the Punjab government’s careful use of authority to release paroled prisoners is commendable. He said the state of prisons has improved thanks to the joint efforts of government, civil society and philanthropists.

The Chief Secretary of Punjab said steps were being taken at all levels to ensure the protection of human rights in the province. He said reforms are underway for the welfare of prisoners and all basic facilities are provided in prisons across the province.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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