The Sindh Minister for Law and Prisons Ziaul Hassan Lanjar has said that 139 prisoners from Karachi had been shifted to the prisons in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana after the incident of prisoners’ escape from Karachi Central Jail.
While addressing a passing out parade at Nara Jail here on Wednesday, the minister informed that though the incident of prisoners’ escape from Central Jail Karachi reflected negligence on part of the concerned officials, all the officers are not negligent of their duties. He said that the recommendation for dismissal of the negligent officers in the prison escape case had been sent to Chief Secretary Sindh.
The minister disclosed that a plan for relocating the prisons in Karachi and Hyderabad away from the populated areas was under consideration. ‘For that we are planning to build high security prisons in Karachi West and in Jhirk, Thatta district,’ he told. Lanjar said a huge sum of money was required to execute the projects which would take 4 to 5 years for completion.
He acknowledged that there was a shortage of staff in the prisons adding that around 2,500 personnel were required to meet that shortage. The minister told that the new recruits for the prison would be provided training through the army. Later while talking to the media, the minister apprised that no proposal for setting up a circuit bench of Sindh High Court in Mirpurkhas was under consideration.—APP