FAISALABAD: Faisalabad has a unique privilege to have the first ISO certified prison of Pakistan in addition to establishing the first display center for the exhibition of different products made by jail inmates, said Chaudhary Saeed ullah Gondal Deputy Inspector General (DIG) prisons Faisalabad.
Addressing the business community in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), he appreciated the cooperation extended by the local philanthropists in upgrading the jail infrastructure in addition to facilitating the prisoners. He said that a comprehensive strategy has been evolved in collaboration with the business community to transform prisons into reform houses. He said that the TEVTA center has been established to provide much needed skills to the inmates while stitching units have also been working in the prisons. “these would help the inmates to start their own businesses after their release from the jail”, he added. Quoting criminal justice system, he said that fundamental human rights could not be usurped and we must provide them their fundamental rights. Emphasizing over the amnesty, compromise and forgiveness in cases of chronic family murder disputes. “He said that FCCI should also come forward and play its dynamic role in settling the family feuds”, he added. He said that during the last six months at least five convicts were released from the prison with the financial help of the business community. He said that a “Sulah” register has been maintained and a complete record of the cases is identified in which decades old rivalries could be settled with mutual consultation of the local communities. He said that a list of potential cases fit for reconciliation would be shared with the FCCI so that it could also contribute its role in this noble cause. Responding to a question, he said that daily from 7-10 AM religious classes are organized for the spiritual grooming and consolation of the inmates. He said that at least 40 inmates are enrolled in “Hafiz-e-Quran” class. Similarly, a “Darood” bank has also been constituted and daily “Darood” is recited for two million times. He said that literacy centers have also been established where educated inmates work as teachers. “They educate their colleagues and in return they are paid a stipend of Rs. 6,000 to 8,000”, he added.
Chaudhary Asghar Ali Senior Superintendent central jail also paid best tribute to the business community and said that as the jails are behind the walls and hence people remained unaware of its true and productive working, however after visiting it their perception is changed altogether.
Chaudhary Akbar Ali superintendent district jail said that a project has been launched in collaboration with chamber and Lions club to provide water for birds in addition to providing them safe haven for their nests.
Mr. Atif Munir Sheikh President FCCI appreciated the role of FCCI standing committee to develop close liaison with the officials of the prisons department and said that they are giving best results with minimum available resources. He said that standing committees on different trades will visit jails to identify their problems and arrange funding to provide them the missing facilities.
A question answer session was also held. It was participated by Mr. Bilal Qudus Manj, Mirza Muhammad Aslam, Shakeel Ansari, Abdul Rahman, Tayyab Gilani, Malik Abdul Jabbar, Sheikh Muhammad Asif, Khadim Hussain Mann, Irfan Haider Rana, Rana Naseer and Muhammad Fazil.
Vice President Rana Fayyaz Ahmad offered a vote of thanks.
Later Mirza Muhammad Aslam along with Mr. Atif Munir Sheikh presented FCCI shield to DIG prisons Saeed ullah Gondal. Similarly executive member Mr. Muhammad Fazil gave FCCI memento to Chaudhary Asghar Ali Senior Superintendent Central Jail. Mr. Shafique Shah and Mr. Sana ullah Niazi also presented FCCI insignia to Chaudhary Ali Akbar Superintendent District Jail.