KP PA panel to draft recommendations for jail reforms

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Standing Committee Chairman on Home and Tribal Affairs Rashad Khan has said that the panel after visiting different prisons of the province will draft recommendations for bringing improvement in conditions of jails to turn them into reforms centre.

The draft reforms recommendations will be presented in the provincial assembly. He was talking to media on the occasion of the visit of the committee to Central Jail Mardan. Besides, MPAs Ziaullah Khan Bangash, Jamshid Khan Mohmand, BakhtBaidar Khan, Noor Saleem Malik and Najma Shaheen was also attended by the Additional Secretary, Home & Tribal Affairs, Ayaz Khan Mandokhel, Inspector General of Jails KP Aziz Khattak, Additional IG Prisons, Syed Fayyaz Ali Shah and other concerned authorities were also present on the occasion.

Briefing the members of the standing committee, Mardan Central Jail Superintendent Fazal Hameed Khan and Deputy Superintendent Riaz Mohmand told that the construction of Central Jail Mardan has been made on an area of 342 kanal at the cost of Rs1.73 billion, which has the capacity of adjusting about 2000 prisoners. However, presently, the number of convicted and non-convicted prisoners is 1293.

The prison has fool-proof security arrangements and it is monitored through 402 security cameras around the clock. They told about the shortage of beds and surgical instruments in the hospital of the prison while for the provision of other facilities and removal of faults in the building a PC-1 has been sent to provincial government for approval.

Later, the chairman, Rashad Khan and members including Bakht Baidar Khan, Ziaullah Khan Bangash, Najma Shaheen, Jamshid Mohmand, NoorSaleem Khan paid a detailed visit to the juvenile section, women barrack, kitchen and hospital and collected information from the inmates.

The members of the committee directed the jail authorities for bringing further improvement in the religious and morale training arrangements of prisoners to reform them into useful citizens of the society.