RAWALPINDI: PTI Member National Assembly (MNA) Nafeesa Inayyatullah and Ehsas Programme Coordinator Munira Javed visited Adiala jail on Saturday to see the problems of women inmates and expressed satisfaction with the facilities being provided to prisoners.

They were accompanied by female educationists, psychologists and representatives of NGOs. Senior Superintendent Adiala jail Mohammad Asghar received the delegation.

The delegation inspected women and juvenile wards, kitchen, hospital and other barracks and listened to the problems being faced by inmates including women and juvenile.

All the inmates expressed their satisfaction over the facilities being provided to them by the jail administration.

Some women prisoners informed the delegation that jail administration gave clothes, milk, juice and biscuits for their children they are carrying in the prison.

Similarly, other inmates also expressed their satisfaction over facilities for the juvenile and women prisoners and said best quality of food was being served to them.

“No doubt, the facilities are much better. The staff is very caring. Health care and hygienic condition are good. Food is excellent. But there is always room for improvement so now it’s now government’s turn to do. I will brief the authorities concerned about the facilities the prison administration could not provide to the inmates due to lack of resources,” said PTI MNA Nafeesa Inayyatullah.

Similarly, Ehsas Programme Coordinator Munira Javed said she along with other visiting members have changed their feelings about Adiala jail. The environment of jail, quality of food, cleanliness and garden are excellent and Superintendent Jail is performing his duties with dedication and commitment.

Earlier, the jail superintendent briefed the delegation that the government was taking concrete steps to bring change and betterment in prisons.

MNA Nafeesa Inayyatullah said she, with the help of NGOs, wanted to introduce some new programmes in jail to make the inmates able to learn skills in different trades and to live a peaceful life after getting out of jail.

Meanwhile, a philanthropist and owner of a pharmaceutical company got released five poor inmates by paying Rs2.86 million fine.

The inmates have been languishing in Adiala jail for the last five years due to non-payment of fine.

Published in Dawn, September 20th, 2020