The Taliban ambush of the Bannu jail freeing 348 inmates has shaken up the Sindh government that declared four of its institutions “sensitive” on Monday. They house 1,000 most “dangerous” prisoners.
“The central jail, at Landhi and in Sukkur are sensitive but we have also declared Hyderabad a sensitive prison as it holds many suspects belong to militant groups,” Sindh Prisons Minister Ayaz Soomro said.
Paramilitary personnel are guarding the ones with dangerous prisoners.
The number of dangerous criminals in Central Prison Karachi is 169, in Sukkur-I 339, Central Prison Hyderabad 200, district central jail Khairpur 233, district jail Malir 12, district jail Dadu 50, and district jail Jacobabad 19.
On another note, he said that there will be no discrimination in Sindh’s 27 jails where the government is converting all of them into B class facilities. Computer training will also be given. “The juveniles are now being trained at the Youthful Offender Industrial School in Karachi. This will be replicated in other jails soon through NGOs,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2012.