Karachi Central Jail: Despair, neglect and broken walls

Published: April 16, 2012

KARACHI: Karachi Central Jail, a place meant to have high security, has been a sight of utter despair and neglect with inadequate security arrangements.

The low and broken boundary walls of the jail not only provide an opportunity for children to jump in and out, but also provide ambitious inmates an added impetus to break out.

The watchtowers are unoccupied, the gates are being guarded by only two men, and a bridge right outside the jail still remains under-construction.

Apparently, the recent Bannu jail break has not had any impact on Karachi jail authorities, who seem content with sluggish security.

According to a recent report by Geo News, Sindh Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Prisons Ayaz Soomro declared four Sindh jails as sensitive following the Bannu attack. These include central jails of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Landhi.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Strigon
    Apr 16, 2012 - 10:41PM

    What Pakistan needs is first of all removal of corrupt people and then an overhaul removing all the incompetent workers who are paid only by their work performance.

    Every day new report of incompetence and neglect is making me sick.


  • A
    Apr 17, 2012 - 8:46AM


    If it affects you so much, Sir, then please do something about it yourself. For how long do we continue venting out our anger in blogs, forums, articles and our homes? The common fact being us, including myself, being in the secure confines of our homes where we do not stand-up to anyone yet feel content with ourselves and give a pat on our backs for merely ‘raising our voice’.

    I do not mean to offend you, I am just trying to raising my point in a civil manner.


  • DB
    Apr 17, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Only army can provide proper security even though it is not army’s job to be guards. Civilian democratic rule has collapsed on itself. Even intelligence warning for Bannu jail attack are useless for civilian government.


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