Fundamental rights of prisoners cannot be denied under any circumstances. Reports suggest that cases of the Covid-19 are increasing like a wildfire. Iran and India like every other country are also taking drastic measures to reduce the risk of pandemic and have subsequently released prisoners on temporary basis keeping in view the pandemic. It is an open secret that prisoner population in Pakistan is excesses to its capacity and have to face additional challenges owing to institutional negligence and resultantly behind the bars are more prone to any ailments. Federal and provincial governments are incarcerating significant number of prisoners on a daily basis. As a consequence, it further deteriorates already problematic situation. It is urged to consider releasing prisoners who do not pose direct or imminent threat and imperil public security, will serve a purpose and reduce the considerable burden of courts. Such measures will hopefully yield positive results.
M. Shahjahan Memon