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Monday June 17, 2024

Prisoners in Punjab demand facilities on par with Imran

Deputy Secretary of Prisons Department has conveyed this demand in a letter to the Advocate General Punjab

By Sher Ali Khalti
May 18, 2024
A representational image showing prisoners being guarded by a policeman. — AFP/File
A representational image showing prisoners being guarded by a policeman. — AFP/File

LAHORE: In an unprecedented move, prisoners across various jails in Punjab have demanded the same facilities being provided to the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan.

The Deputy Secretary of Prisons Department has conveyed this demand in a letter to the Advocate General Punjab, seeking legal opinion on the issue.

According to sources, the prisoners have been writing letters requesting similar amenities, which they argue should be uniformly provided.

The letter from highlights the need for clarity on the legality of the facilities being provided to Imran Khan, suggesting they might conflict with existing jail rules. The letter emphasises that the current situation requires an immediate legal assessment from the Advocate General.

The letter argues that while the facilities afforded to the PTI founder are under the directives of various courts, there is a pressing need to determine if these provisions align with the established prison regulations. The jail authorities have reiterated that all facilities extended to Imran Khan are court-ordered. The correspondence asks the law department to seek a review from the respective honourable courts regarding the provisions. This step aims to ensure that the application of jail rules remains consistent and legally sound across all inmates. The outcome of this legal consultation could set a significant precedent for the treatment of prisoners in Punjab, potentially reshaping the standards of incarceration based on judicial orders.