Rawalpindi: 36 inmates freed from Adiala as govt pays fine
RAWALPINDI: The Prime Minister’s Secretariat on Sunday secured the release of 36 Adiala Jail prisoners including two women after paying their combined Rs 4.2 million worth of outstanding fines.
The prisoners were languishing in jail despite serving their term due to non-payment of fine. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had ordered the PM Secretariat to get them and other such prisoners pining away in the country’s other jails freed by paying their fine from its resources. Finance Minister Syed Naveed Qamar, who was the chief guest of the ceremony, said that the government would ensure by all means availability of medical facilities in the country’s all jails. “We’re committed to providing relief to people having testing times in prison. We’ll provide the prisoners with all necessary facilities and will not tolerate their torture,” he said.
He said that authorities concerned were examining the case of Adiala Jail prisoners living in overcrowded conditions and would soon announce some relief for the distraught lot. He said that separate jails would be built for women and juvenile prisoners.
Qamar said that coming jail reforms would assuage prisoners’ misery by ending culture of corruption and torture. He said that separate jails for woman and juvenile prisoners would be built throughout the country. He said that the coming budget would provide relief to common man. The minister later distributed gifts to prisoners.
Talking to Daily Times, Riffat Inam of Mansehra praised the prime minister for her release after payment of Rs 0.1 million fine. She said that many prisoners knew nothing about their crime and the government should ensure their early release too. She called for jail reforms to end excesses of the prison authorities.
Yasir Hussain of Rawalpindi, who was freed after payment of Rs 0.6 million diyat (blood money), said that the new government was government of the prisoners. He said that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had spent four years in Adiala Jail, so he knew very well about the prisoners’ troubles. He said that the government should do something for stopping jail authorities from torturing prisoners.
Mushtaq Ahmed, an aged prisoner, said that it’s the ‘power of democracy’, which had made his release possible. He called for jail reforms for the relief of prisoners. He also urged the government to provide socio-economic relief to the poor to prevent them from committing crime.