Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial visited the Central Jail Adiala, Rawalpindi today, on 20th January, 2023 along with Mr. Justice Athar Minallah. The representatives of National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) were in attendance. The Secretary Home, Special Secretary Home, Inspector General Prisons, DIG Prisons, Chief Commissioner ICT and D&S Judges (Rawalpindi and Islamabad) were also present.
The Inspector General Prisons gave a detailed presentation regarding the prison population and available facilities. He informed about the provision of vocational trainings, medical facilities and psychological therapy to the inmates. The hon’ble Chief Justice inquired about the training programs imparted to the jail staff in order to improve the overall jail atmosphere while directing them to emulate the same programs in other prisons as well.
The hon’ble Chief Justice and Justice Minallah visited the different barracks of the undertrial, convicted, juvenile and women prisoners. He interacted with the inmates of these barracks and heard their problems about the jail conditions and the legal process. He played with the toddler children of the female prisoners and distributed gifts among them. The IG Prison was directed to solve the prison issues highlighted and told the Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan to pursue the early submission of challans in court by the police authorities in Punjab and other provinces.
The main focus of the hon’ble Chief Justice was the provision of a speedy legal aid facility to the prisoners and directed the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) to initiate the facility, terming the same as the fundamental right of the prison population.