ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan Salman Faruqui 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.

He opined that for improving the conditions of jail mates the role of judiciary was important and proposed that four sub-committees be constituted for children, women, ailing and old-age detainees and prisoners with minor crimes.

Rector, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Dr. S.M. Juanid Zaidi, appreciated the efforts of Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui focusing the issues of prisoners and said that his university engaged in providing quality education to children in the jails in the light of Federal Ombudsman’s recommendations.

He said that there was dire need to change the behavior of
jail staff towards the prisoners.

Meanwhile, Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed Khokhar, Senior Advisor and Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis and Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi, Senior Advisor briefed the meeting about the working and achievements of Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat.

The meeting was attended among others by Ms. Parveen Magsi, former Minister for Law and Social Welfare Balochistan, Ms. Samar Minallah, Anthropologist/Documentarian,Shahid Rashid Butt, Hon.
Consulate General of the Republic of Ghana, Mian Hamad, former President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and M.D Habib Textiles, Faisalabad, besides senior government representatives and advisors of Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat.