Ombudsman seeks help of philanthropists
Computerizing jail records
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.