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Peshawar Central jail overcrowded with prisoners: PA body told.

PESHAWAR -- The capacity of prisoners has exceeded at Peshawar Central Jail where 1500 persons are incarcerated against the capacity of 850 prisoners.

Acting Inspector General of Prisons Friday told Provincial Assembly's Standing Committee on Home and Tribal Affairs that overcrowded Peshawar jail also lack media facilities for the prisoners.

He said that there are 28 jails in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province including four central jails, 10 district and four judicial lock ups, while the jail staff consists of 2525 officials including IG himself and gardeners and other staffers.

He said that already overcrowded prisons were having high profile inmates and some 67 prisoners of other provinces. The IG stressed upon capacity building of jail staff and strengthening of prisons in the context of prevailing situation.

He informed the department gets Rs 1245 annually under the head of medical treatment of each prisoner; however, the posts of medical officers and technical staff are lying vacant.

Medical equipments and laboratories' system are unavailable at Prisons and needs immediate attention of the government, he said.

The committee presided over Chairman Muhammad Zahid Durrani recommended the Health Department to appoint doctors of PPHI programme at Prisons on adhoc basis to ensure medical facilities for inmates.

The Chairman said that committee members would visit prisons of the province after the budget session and witness the situation of inmates by themselves.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Law Arif Yousaf, MPAs Jamshaid Khan and Zareen Zia, Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Akhtar Ali Shah and officials of Prisoners, Law, Prosecution and provincial assembly also attended the meeting.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 24, 2014
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