Suo Motu Powers Intended For Matters Of Public Interest, Insists PM Shehbaz

Suo Motu Powers Intended For Matters Of Public Interest, Insists PM Shehbaz
A day after restricting the chief justice of Pakistan's (CJP) authority, Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif stated that the suo motu powers were intended for matters relevant to the public interest.

After distributing Eid presents to the inmates at Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, PM Shehbaz spoke to journalists and inquired as to how many suo motu notices had been taken for the inmates' welfare and justice.

Because of poverty and a lack of resources, he recalls seeing some prisoners languish in bars after serving their sentences.

The prime minister emphasized that there were thousands of inmates who could be quickly released from prison.

In order to alleviate the anguish of the suffering prisoners, he pleaded with the supreme judiciary to pay attention to the situation.

He emphasized that the country can solve its enduring issues by putting aside personal interests and acting jointly.

Observing the predicament of the prisoners, he gave the Punjab authorities the order to quickly devise a plan to set up special hospitals in the jails to give the inmates medical care and high-quality sanitary facilities.

PM Shehbaz gave the Punjab chief secretary a week to come up with a proposal for a special hospital within the jail. If the idea was successful, it would be expanded across the nation, he continued.

The denial of medical and sanitation services to the detainees was blatant injustice, even though they were in jail for crimes they had committed, he added.

He said that he had meetings with the chief secretary of Punjab, the inspector general of prisons, and the jail superintendent to discuss the issue the inmates were facing.

He voiced his concerns about the "pathetic" state of the washrooms in nearly all jails, saying they needed to be renovated since poor sanitation and restroom facilities would breed diseases.

The premier disclosed that there were currently about 8,000 inmates housed in two jails in Lahore and that it took nearly months for sick inmates to get the necessary medical examinations, worsening their health problems.

Additionally, he demanded that the basic medical tools already present in the jail be made operational and gave instructions to make the treatment process simple and open.

The prime minister additionally instructed the relevant authorities to give the inmates vocational training so they may become contributing members of society and be able to support themselves after being released.

PM Shehbaz emphasized the importance of taking action to assist people who are still incarcerated despite serving their sentences because they lack money.