Federal Minister for Planning Asad Omar says that Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to release sick prisoners over 65 years of age.
While tweeting on the social networking site, Asad Omar said: “The PM has decided to make a policy to release poor and ill prisoners over 65 years of age who are not guilty of any hate crime.” ‘
He said, “This is another step towards a Pakistan in which the government’s top priority is the weak section of the country, not the powerful and wealthy people.”
It should be noted that two days ago, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in London with his brother Shahbaz Sharif and personal physician Dr Adnan after receiving permission to go abroad for treatment from government.
After his departure, there was a demand from various sections that when the government could allow a convicted criminal to go abroad for treatment, other prisoners in prison should also be treated accordingly.
It may be recalled that Member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Sindh Assembly Arsalan Taj, has also requested President Arif Alawi to pardon sick prisoners in prisons across the country.
In his letter to the President, he said that if a culprit can go out of the country, then the rest of the poor should be forgiven and the punishment of sick in Pakistani jails should be forgiven.