Biometric identification system should be operationalized in all jails: Ejaz


The Federal Ombudsman Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi has said that all departments of criminal justice system in KP must ensure establishment of common interface of PMIS for prisoners in all jails on priority basis. Taking a serious note on the delay in proper functioning of biometric identification system in all the jails he directed the provincial government and IG Prisons to ensure its operation within one month.

He presided a high level meeting on Thursday in Chief Secretary Office at Peshawar along with Chief Secretary KP Mr. Shehzad Bangash to review the progress and implementation status of the recommendations of Prisons Reforms Committee, as entrusted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The meeting was attended by the Provincial Mohtasib KP Syed Jamal ud Din Shah, IG,KP, IG Prisons KP, Home Secretary, Secretaries Law, Asst. Advocate General, DG Prosecution, Social Welfare, Health departments as well as Advisors of WMS regional office Peshawar and other stakeholders.

The IG Prisons Mr. Saadat Hassan gave a detailed briefing through a presentation and informed that the capacity has been enhanced to accommodate 4620 more prisoners in six jails and the capacity to accmmodate 7000 more prisoners will be made in near future in 12 jails. He further stated that under ADP schemes construction of one jail in each district is in the pipeline.

He said that Prisoners Management System (PMIS) and biometric identification system has been installed in 14 jails and the PMIS system in remaining jails is in process with the help of UNODC. The establishment of common interface for all departments of criminal justice system with the help of NADRA is underway. He said that in the first phase this system is being finalized in Central Prison of Peshawar as a Pilot Project.

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