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Prisoners also entitled to vote via postal ballot in by-elections: ECP

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has fixed the last date for receipt of applications for postal ballot papers for By-Election to the National/Provincial Assemblies constituencies as 27th September, 2018. "The persons who are detained in prison or held in custody are also entitled to vote by postal ballot," said the ECP. According to a notification issued by the ECP on Thursday, this facility, under the law, has been extended to the persons in government service, members of armed forces, holders of…

Govt to provide legal assistance to Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed that a holistic approach will be adopted to provide full legal and humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the House on Thursday during question hours that consular services of Pakistani missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision will also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners. The Minister for Human Rights said…

Pakistani prisoners in foreign jails to be provided legal assistance: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed Thursday that a holistic approach would be adopted to provide full legal and humanitarian assistance to the Pakistani prisoners languishing in foreign jails. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari told the house during question hour that consular services of our missions abroad will be upgraded for this purpose. She said a policy decision would also be taken to get in touch with different countries for repatriation of Pakistani prisoners. The minister for human rights said the…

Pakistan release 30 Indian prisoners ahead of Independence Day

KARACHI: Pakistan on Monday released 30 Indian prisoners including 27 fishermen as a humanitarian gesture to mark the Independence Day on 14 August. “This is in line with Pakistan’s consistent policy of not politicizing humanitarian issues,” Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal said in a statement. The spokesman expressed hope that India would also reciprocate in a similar manner. Fishermen often languish in jail even after serving their terms, as poor diplomatic ties between the two neighbours mean fulfilling…

Six Pakistani prisoners set free by India, inclusive a woman & a child

Islamabad: Six Pakistani prisoners including a woman and a child reached the country on Tuesday through the Attari-Wagah border after being set free by the Indian Government. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, "Four Pakistan prisoners have already been released and repatriated in 2018, so far." Furthermore, it added, "India attaches high priority to addressing all humanitarian issues, including early release and repatriation of Indian fishermen and prisoners in Pakistan's custody. The release of 147 Indian…

Over 200 prisoners set free in KP ahead of Eid

PESHAWAR: More than two hundred prisoners involved in minor crimes have been released from different jails on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.    According to Prison Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Yahya Afridi had issued directives for the release of prisoners on humanitarian ground. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced a day earlier that Eid will be observed on Saturday in Pakistan after the Shawal moon was not sighted on Thursday evening. The Central…

California prisoners fight wildfires for one dollar an hour

CALIFORNIA: Fresh out of prison, Alejandro Rangel longs to keep doing the job he did as an inmate for one dollar an hour: fight forest fires. For more than two years, he worked with one of some 200 crews of inmate-firefighters who in summer and fall spend more time battling blazes in the forests of California than sitting behind bars. This week, for instance, 553 inmates were sent to help take on the blazes ravaging the wine country north of San Francisco. In prison, these people are prisoners. But outside they are…

WATCH: Escaped prisoners loot shops after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in areas of the US and the Caribbean islands it struck and a footage has emerged from the Virgin Islands where escaped prisoners caused anarchy on the streets and sparked mass looting. Between 100 and 120 inmates were said to have escape a prison on the Virgin Islands after the building was partially destroyed by Irma. Power has gone down for 7.2million homes and businesses in Florida means that there has been looting in the US as well as on Caribbean islands. Meanwhile in the US…

Sindh Apex Committee decides to shift 270 prisoners to different jails from Karachi

KARACHI: The Sindh Apex Committee in its 20th meeting on Friday decided to shift 270 prisoners, including 19 most notorious from Karachi Central Jail to different jails of the province by declaring them high security prisons. The meeting was presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. Corps Commander Karachi Lt Genera Shaid Baig Mirza, chief secretary Sindh and Director General Rangers Major Gen Mohammad Saeed were also present on this occasion. It was pointed out that the 270 notorious prisoners were…