ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: In a landmark decision regarding women prisoners, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday directed the immediate implementation of the Supreme Court’s Order 299/2020 for the release of Under Trial Women Prisoners and Convicted Women Prisoners who fulfill the criteria of the Order.
In a Twitter statement, the prime minister said that after a meeting with the Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari, the Attorney General of Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan, and eminent lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar, he has asked for immediate implementation of the Supreme Court’s Order 299/2020 for release of Under Trial Women Prisoners & Convicted Women Prisoners who fulfill criteria of SC’s Order.
The prime minister said that he has also asked for immediate reports on foreign women prisoners & women on death row for humanitarian consideration.
Out of a total of 73,242 prisoners incarcerated in various jails across Pakistan, 1,121 are female and 66.7 percent of them are under trial prisoners, according to the Official data received by the Committee formed by Prime Minister Imran Khan to study and investigate the plight of women in Pakistan’s prisons.
The Head of the Committee and the Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari submitted the Report on “Plight of Women in Pakistan’s Prisons” to the prime minister on May 29.