Construction of separate waiting rooms in Balochistan prisons reviewed
Parliamentary Secretary Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Dr. Rubaba Khan Buledi chairing a meeting: Photo provided by the author

Sheikh Razzaq:



In pursuance of the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s directive, a special consultative meeting was held in the Ministry of Law Balochistan to review reforms in the prisons of Balochistan.

Parliamentary Secretary Law and Parliamentary Affairs Science and Information Technology Dr. Rubaba Khan Buledi chaired the meeting while IG prisons Balochistan Malik Shujauddin Kasi, Superintendent Central Jail Quetta Muhammad Ishaq Zahri, Deputy Superintendent Naushin Staff Officer Asad Khan, Senior Medical Officer Dr. Munir Ahmed Mengal, Chairperson Provincial Commission on Status of Women Balochistan Fauzia Shaheen, Director Parliamentary Affairs Saeed Iqbal Khan were also present.

Meeting reviews jail rules and manuals

The meeting reviewed the jail rules and manuals in detail and suggested measures for their improvement.

Besides it discussed issues pertaining to the establishment of funds, construction of separate waiting rooms for women in all jails of the province, special vans for the transportation of women prisoners, appointment of doctors on vacant posts of medical officers in jails, fixed daily allowance for prison staff.

Prisons staff to be provided necessary training: Dr. Rubaba

Addressing the meeting, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Science and Information Technology Dr. Rubaba Khan Buledi said that in order to make the prisons of Balochistan a practical model of reforming society, it is necessary to adapt them in a favorable social environment for human rights according to the contemporary requirements.

However, for this, it is essential to provide necessary training to the prison staff including basic facilities regarding laws and human rights awareness.

Solution of prisoners’ issues a top priority: Dr. Rubaba

Along with the provision of facilities to the prisoners, attention must also be given to solving the problems and providing professional training of the prison staff.

She stressed that we might not bring reforms over night but we can gradually move towards improvement through continuous reforms.

Dr. Rubaba suggested that a consultative body should be established to continue the measures related to prison reforms, so that it may yield far-reaching results.

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