Allegations of torture on prisoners in Adiala Jail not baseless: IHC

The Nation  |  Sep 28, 2022

 Allegations of torture on prisoners in Adiala Jail not baseless: IHC
ISLAMABAD    -   The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday said that allegations of torture on the prisoners in Adiala Jail are not baseless as a confidential report termed the prison as a “concentration camp” and directed the National Commission for Human Rights to investigate the same. 

A single bench of IHC com­prising Chief Justice of IHC Jus­tice Athar Minallah said this in a written order in a petition moved by a woman Imtiaz Bibi, a mother who is aggrieved that her incarcerated son has been physically tortured and humili­ated in Adiala Jail. 

The IHC bench mentioned in its order that the reports sub­mitted by the representatives of the National Commission for Human Rights and Pakistan In­stitute of Medical Sciences show that the grave allegations men­tioned in the petition were, pri­ma facie, not baseless. 

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Justice Athar noted, “The con­fidential report submitted on the last date of hearing indi­cates as though the Central Pris­on, Rawalpindi is being man­aged as a ‘concentration camp’ rather being governed under the laws enforced to regulate the prisons.” 

“It appears that prisoners are being treated in an inhuman manner that amounts to grave violation of human rights,” said the bench. 

Therefore, the IHC bench di­rected the NCHR constitut­ed under the Act of 2012 to in­quire/investigate, in exercise of powers conferred under sec­tion 9 ibid, into the complaints of violation of human rights and negligence by the public serv­ants in prevention of such grave violations. 

It further said that it is expect­ed that the member, Punjab of the Commission will ensure that a report is submitted at the ear­liest. 

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During the hearing, Afzal Latif, Secretary Ministry of Hu­man Rights explained in detail the measures taken by the Min­istry of Human Rights pursu­ant to the directions given in the judgment reported as “Khadim Hussain Vs Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, etc.”

He also said that the meeting of the Implementation Commis­sion will be convened at the ear­liest and gave an assurance re­garding implementation of the National Commission for Hu­man Rights Act, 2012, particu­larly, the establishment of Hu­man Rights Courts. 

Later, the bench deferred the hearing of the case till October 25 for further proceedings

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