ISLAMABAD -- The Islamabad High Court wants the government to ensure the rights of prisoners.
It ordered on Monday that a commission to protect the rights of prisoners should be formed. It will be led by Minister of Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari and comprise secretaries of all the four provinces, the court said.
'The commission will ensure that the prisoners suffering from Hepatitis C and HIV/Aids get medical treatment in time,' a written order submitted by the court stated.
The conditions these prisoners were living in and the way they were treated by the staff was termed 'alarming'.
'Nelson Mandela had said that if anyone wants to truly know a nation, they should look at its prisons,' the court said.
A notice has also been sent to the attorney general and advocate generals of all provinces. They have been ordered appear before the court on February 15 to help with the implementation of the rights of prisoners.