Stakeholders should pay attention to prisoners' problems in jails, says Ejaz.

QUETTA -- A high: level meeting regarding prison reforms of Balochistan province was held under the chairmanship of Federal Ombudsman Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi at the Chief Secretary's Office on Thursday. Addressing to the meeting, the federal ombudsman said that all stakeholders would pay special attention to the probAlems of prisoners in jails, especially chilAdren and women. Provision of facilities to prisoners needs to be given full atAtention for immediate implementation so that the prisons of the province can be adapted to modern requirements, he added. He said that vocational training centres should be established in prisAons to provide training to prisoners so that prisons could be transformed into a training centre instead of a prison. He said that the Home Department, jails and other related institutions should form a committee to look into the issues of the prisoners and visit the prisons from time to time and meet the prisonAers and observe their problems personAally.

They also take note of the problems faced by the prisons and take steps to solve them in consultation with all the stakeholders, he said. Earlier, the InAspector General (IG) Prisons gave a deAtailed briefing to the federal ombudsAman about the steps taken to...

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