Adiala jail has exceeded its maximum capacity of accommodating prisoners, High Court told

4800 inmates are currently housed in jail against the actual maximum capacity of 1,500.

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) was informed on Friday that the Central jail Rawalpindi, better known as Adiala jail, has exceeded its maximum capacity of accommodating prisoners. 

The Adiala Jail superintendent informed the court that over 4800 inmates are currently housed in jail against the actual maximum capacity of 1,500. The Islamabad High Court was hearing a case pertaining to the provisions of health facilities in jail upon the complaint filed of a prisoner—Khadim Hussain.

Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah, while hearing the case, remarked that:

“I myself has been a guest of Adiala Jail and know well the situation there.” Furthermore, the honorable Chief Justice expressed his displeasure over the absence of the officials of the Ministry of Human Rights and the Ministry of Health.

He added that not just the jail management but the state is also responsible for providing the best facilities to the prisoners. The case was later on adjourned till Saturday and the Ministry of Human Rights and Ministry of Health were re-asked to appear before the court.

Earlier, a complaint filed by Khadim Hussain was converted into a petition by the IHC. The prisoner complained of insufficient health facilities in jail. He also blamed the jail authorities for his damaged eyesight due to their negligence.

A commission headed by Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari was formed by the High Court to investigate the human rights violations and lack of medical assistance to ailing prisoners in the jails.

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