Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael Thursday promised to facilitate the foreign prisoners at Karachi Central Prison (KCP) facing delay in release due to non-availability of required documents.
Talking to journalists following his visit to the KCP, he said there were certain number of foreign prisoners who despite completion of their jail terms could not be released as they lacked needed record and certificates.
“The ministry will approach the foreign office to sort out the issue and also ensure that they are sent back to their respective countries without any unnecessary delay,” he said.
The Federal Minister for Human Rights also expressed concern that against a capacity of 2400 jail inmates the KCP was accommodating 6,400 prisoners. He suggested that the provincial government needs to build additional barracks on KCP premises.
The Minister said his visit to the jail was to see the role the Federal Ministry of Human Rights could play in addressing the problems faced by prisoners.
Kamran Michael said 55 of the foreign prisoners at the KCP informed him about their dissatisfaction related to lawyers representing them in local courts. “The ministry after required consultation may arrange private lawyers for them,” he said
The federal minister was also accompanied by Rehana Leghari, the adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister for Human Rights.