Punjab Governor inaugurates AAK Foundation Hospital at Kot Lakhpat Jail


LAHORE:     Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has inaugurated Abdul Aleem Khan Foundation Hospital equipped with all modern facilities here at Kot Lakhpat Jail. Mentally retarded prisoners, women and children will be provided with modern healthcare facilities at the hospital. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar along with provincial Ministers Sibtain Khan and Mian Khalid Mahmood inspected various sections of the jail including ‘Langarkhana’ (mess) and also directed the jail authorities to ensure provision of medical and other facilities to the prisoners. According to details, a smartly-turned police squad presented solute to Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar on his arrival at the jail on Monday. Former provincial minister Abdul Aleem Khan, Shoab Ahmed Siddiqui, senior journalists Haroon-ur-Rasheed, Hassan Nisar and Toufique Butt, IG Prisons (Punjab) Shahid Saleem Gondal and other jail officers were also present. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar formally inaugurated Abdul Aleem Khan Foundation Hospital, water filtration plant for prisoners, modern facilities for mentally retarded prisoners and other projects at Kot Lakhpat Jail. Punjab Governor inspected the jail’s Langarkhan (mess) and also ate meal there. Jail authorities briefed Punjab Governor and provincial ministers about the facilities being extended to prisoners.Talking to media on this occasion, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that no service can be greater than serving the humanity. Abdul Aleem Khan provided such medical and other facilities to the prisoners, which he had witnessed in jails of Britain. The facilities at Kot Lakhpat Jail are a model for us and their scope will be extended to other jails of Punjab as well. Besides the government, philanthropists should also play their role in provision of facilities to prisoners.He said, “I assure you that federal and Punjab governments will take all measures to ensure provision of basic facilities to prisoners in jails. I also use to pay visit to jails in Punjab from time to time to check facilities for the prisoners.”On this occasion, Abdul Aleem Khan said, “Prisoners are also human beings and it is responsibility of all of us to ensure provision of better facilities to them.” Abdul Aleem Khan Foundation will continue with such public welfare initiatives in future as well, he vowed.