Following the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan as many as eight hundred and twenty prisoners have been released in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in connection with Eid-ul-Fitr. The directive was issued to ensure that the prisoners observe Eid with their families. These prisoners have completed their sentence but could not pay fine. The provincial governments paid 270 million in respect of fine of these prisoners yesterday.
It is pertinent to mention that in most of cases, courts announce fines along with the imprisonment and in case of non-payment of fines prisoners have to spend some duration in jail. A large number of prisoners cannot afford to pay the fines so they are kept in jails to complete the imprisonment against fines.
Earlier this year, PM Khan raised the issue of Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi Arabia with the visiting crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, and secured the promise of the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi jails.
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17 November, 2019