Arrangements for Sehar and Iftar during Ramazan have been completed for nearly 4,028 prisoners under trial and convicts in the central jail.
Deputy Superintendent Jail Mazhar Waheed Chaudhary told reporters on Friday that he had received special directives from Inspector General Prisons Punjab Kokab Nadeem Warraich to complete all the necessary arrangements to provide food for the prisoners. “Special lectures on Islamic values are being delivered to inmates by the clerics at the jail mosque on a daily basis,” he added.
Chaudhary said that arrangements had also been made for Sehar, Iftar and offering prayers, as well as for taraveeh.
He said that jail doctors on duty checked the quality of food daily. “The new menu includes chicken four days a week and beef on two days. In addition, the prisoners are being served the best quality rice and tea. At Sehri, parathas are served with cold drinks and during Iftar there is a large meal,” he said.
When contacted DIG Lahore Region Mirza Shahid Saleem Baig said that nearly 22,500 inmates were confined in his region and all Superintendents had already been directed to ensure proper compliance of IG’s order. The holy month is one where we must practice mercy and forgiveness. All the prisoners are fasting and we have ensured that they have everything they need,” Baig said.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2011.