New jails are being built in Thatta, Shaheed Benazirabad and Malir to solve the problem of overcrowding – Chief Secretary
Chief Secretary Sindh Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput and Federal Ombudsman Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi jointly chaired an important meeting regarding reforms in the province’s jails held at the Sindh Secretariat on Tuesday.
Secretary Law Ali Ahmad Baloch, Nasir Soomro Special Secretary Home, Muhammad Nasir Khan DIG Prison and other relevant officers of the federal and provincial governments attended the meeting.
Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput told the Federal Ombudsman that reforms are being brought in prisons on the recommendations of the Federal Ombudsman. “Departments of Education, Health, Social Welfare and Civil Society are working for reforms in the prisons,” he said.
He further informed that oversight committees have also been formed and these committees include judiciary, civil society, education and health experts and philanthropists which share their recommendations with the Sindh government to bring reforms. He further stated that Legal aid is also given to prisoners in Sindh, for which the government of Sindh has given Rs.825 million and in the year 2022, legal aid has been provided to 1869 prisoners.
Chief Secretary Sindh further informed that there are problems of overcrowding in the jails of Sindh. Currently, there are 23 thousand prisoners in the jails of the province and new jails are being built in Thatta, Shaheed Benazirabad and Malir to solve this overcrowded problem.
Chief Secretary said that a high security jail is being built in Thatta where the accused involved in serious crimes will be kept.
Federal Ombudsman Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi’s performance report regarding prison reforms will be presented to the Supreme Court. He said that the Sindh government has done a lot of work on prison reforms. (PR)