Lahore: 35 prisoners released from Punjab jails
LAHORE: The Punjab government on Friday released 35 prisoners from various jails, following a direction of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, jail officials said. The officials said those prisoner had been kept in jails since they could not pay fine amounts. The federal government had paid Rs 4,716,526 to the provincial government for the release of 72 prisoners, they added.
They said that the prisoner released on Friday included three from Gujranwala Jail, one each from Sialkot, Mianwali and Vehari jails, two each from Attok, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Muzaffargarh jails and five from Sargodha Jail. Six prisoners were released from Camp Jail, Lahore. Senior Minister Raja Riaz and Provincial Prisons Minister Mian Abdul Ghafoor were present at the Camp Jail.
The remaining 37 prisoners would be released from Rawalpindi Jail on Sunday, the officials added. Raja Riaz said the prime minister, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Mian Nawaz Sharif and other leaders of the coalition government, including himself, had been to prisons and were aware of the hardships faced by prisoners. “We are working to solve prisoners’ problems,” the minister added. The Prisons minister said jails would be made free from corruption, narcotics and arms.