Sindh CM hints at releasing prisoners facing minor criminal charges


KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has assigned an exercise to the home department to work out details of the total prisoners so that they could be given relief keeping in view severity of their crime, health and financial conditions.

He took this decision on Thursday while presiding over a meeting of the home department here at CM House. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Adl Chief Secretary Home Usman Chachar, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro and IG Prison Nusrat Mangan.

The chief minister said that the list available with him showed that there were 16000 prisoners in all the jails of the province. “I want you to prepare lists of the prisoners and divide them in different categories. He added there should be category of under trial and convicted prisoners.

In the under-trail prisoners’ list there should be a category of prisoners facing heinous criminal and minor crime charges. A separate list of elderly and sick prisoners may also be made so that their cases could be considered accordingly.

He also asked the home department to furnish a separate list of the prisoners who have completed their punishments or jail term but have no money to pay the fine/penalty imposed on them. The list of the prisoners who have been granted bail but have no money or property to file surety amount. “The provincial government would pay their fine and make arrangement for their surety,” he said.

He has also asked the home department to prepare separate lists of the women prisoners, children, and foreigners so that they may also be given some relief keeping in view the severity of their crime. Shah said that the jails were most crowded, therefore, he was trying to release those prisoners who could be given relief within the ambit of the law.