Om­buds­man seeks help of phi­lan­thropists

Com­put­er­iz­ing jail records

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF RE­PORTER

IS­LAM­ABAD—Mr. M. Sal­man Faruqui, Fed­eral Om­buds­man of Pak­istan has de­sired that phi­lan­thropists should come for­ward in com­put­er­iz­ing and dig­i­tal­iz­ing the jail records com­pris­ing de­tails re­gard­ing the pris­on­ers, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren. This was nec­es­sary, he said as many pris­on­ers were lan­guish­ing in jails de­spite com­ple­tion of their terms due to im­proper main­te­nance of record.

He ap­pre­ci­ated the an­nounce­ment by Mian Muham­mad Hanif the head of Mad­ina Foun­da­tion and renowned phi­lan­thropist who an­nounced to pay off fines of pris­on­ers up to Rs. 10,000 of de­tainees across the coun­try who were un­der de­ten­tion due to non-pay­ment of fine.

He ex­pressed these feel­ings while ad­dress­ing a high level meet­ing of Na­tional Com­mit­tee to ame­lio­rate the con­di­tion of women and chil­dren in prisons, chaired by Mian Muham­mad Hanif, Chair­man, Pak­istan Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety Pun­jab and head of the Mad­ina Foun­da­tion.

Mr Faruqui said that the pur­pose of the com­mit­tee was to in­vite phi­lan­thropists and donors to come for­ward and pro­vide di­rect help and sup­port to pris­on­ers in the jails for im­prov­ing their liv­ing con­di­tions.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Mian Muham­mad Hanif, Chair­man of the com­mit­tee and head of Mad­ina Foun­da­tion an­nounced that his foun­da­tion would pay off fines of pris­on­ers who have com­pleted their sen­tence but com­pels to stay in jails.

Terming it as the first drop of rain to­wards this noble cause, Mian Hanif stated that he wished to leave no stone un-turned for the wel­fare of jails in­mates. Chair­man, Pak­istan Sweet Homes (PSH), Za­mu­rad Khan stated that cur­rently 3600 chil­dren were reg­is­tered with PSH coun­try­wide where they were be­ing im­parted ed­u­ca­tion, health and shel­ter fa­cil­i­ties.

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