Pakistan’s first high-security prison ‘ready for opening’

Pakistan’s first high-security prison ‘ready for opening’

HDPhotos-4U  ⋅  18 Jan 2015 12:53:13

The country’s first-ever high security prison in Sahiwal, set up to detain dangerous and high-profile prisoners linked with terrorism and sectarianism is ready for inauguration, that is likely next month.The jail which has been constructed on 98 acres with an estimated cost of Rs 930.206 million will have capacity to hold 1,044 prisoners.Sources in Punjab prisons department said a summary had been moved to seek special allowance for the jail officials to encourage them, especially when dealing with high-profile prisoners in even ordinary jails was considered a potential risk for jailers and their subordinates.The sources said initially prisoners serving terms in ordinary cases would be transferred to the jail on trial basis, to be followed by those relating to terrorism and sectarian cases from across the country.They said the the new jail was speedily completed and made ready to function following the announcement of National Action Plan by the federal government, and establishment of military courts, speedy trails and executions of terrorists.The breakup of the new jail’s structure, staff strength and the equipment installed there shows that as many as 841 officials ranking from superintendent orderly (BS-1) to jail superintendent (BS-19) have been recruited by the prisons department on temporary basis with a cost of Rs488.826million.The Punjab government had hired services of National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) Haripur to install security gadgets, IT-related equipment and CCTV surveillance system at the jail. The facility has so far got a control room, switch room, fire alarm system, 18 PTZ Dom and 410 CCTV cameras, three UPS, Server, NVR (configuration and amounted, four blocker barrier, three tyre killers, under vehicle surveillance system, besides electro-mechanical barriers.Moreover, three single-cabin four-wheel vehicles for outside patrolling, one 1,3

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