LARKANA: The Sindh government has constituted oversight committees for prisons in pursuance of relevant Supreme Court order and on the recommendations of the federal ombudsman. The committees’ have been set up for a period of one year, sources in the home department said on Thursday.
Shafique-ur-Rehman Paracha, a retired civil servant, is the convener of the committee for the Central Prison Karachi with former inspector general of Sindh police Azhar Farooqui, Sarim Burney, Javed Qazi, Sardar Yaseen Malik and Sahfiuddin Awan being its other members.
Retired sessions judge Gulshan Chandio is the convener of the committee for the Central Prison for Women and Youthful Offenders’ Industrial School, Karachi.
Inayatullah Morio, a Supreme Court lawyer, is the convener of the Central Prison Larkana and and Muhammed Ahmed Farooqui, the sitting chairman of the Red Crescent Society, Larkana, is the convener of the Special Prison for Women, Larkana.
According to a home department notification, the committees would monitor implementation of Supreme Court’s orders and directives within their respective districts.
The committees would forward their observations and recommendations and identify deficiencies, if any, through their respective conveners to the department and inspector general of prisons.
Members of the committees are to be drawn from civil society organisations and law, health and education departments. Philanthropists and former bureaucrats may also become members of the committees.
They will regularly visit their assigned prisons and if they found any problem there, the district management and police officers concerned would be there to address the issues, according to the sources.
Published in Dawn, September 21st, 2018