KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Prisons, Anti-Corruption, Mines and Mineral development Manzoor Wassan gave away modern weaponry and security equipments to Sindh jails in order to beef up security around jails and thwart any untoward incident.
Talking to media on providing modern security equipment and other material to Inspector General of Prisons (IGP) Sindh Nusrat Hussain Mangan, Wasan said Sindh jails were being equipped with modern weaponry in order to thwart security threats.
Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur prisons are more sensitive, therefore bombproof walls would be constructed around them, he said.
He said the department was mulling over a plan worth Rs 1 billion to build a high security prison in Jamshoro for dangerous prisoners while two new jails would also be constructed in Karachi to shift inmates from overcrowded Karachi Central Jail and Juvenile Jail and provide better facilities to the prisoners.
He said Sindh jails had been provided with 200 G-3 riffles, 250 sub machine guns, 100 short guns, 250 9millimeter pistols and a large quantity of ammunition. Mobile phone jammers, security surveillance cameras, diesel generators, flood security lights, bullet proof helmets, baggage scanning machine, metal detectors, walk through gates, wireless phones, rubber bullets and other modern equipments are also provided to Sindh jails, he said.
He predicted former military ruler General (retd) Musharraf would leave Pakistan at the end of August while several people would go in prisons in August.
Wassan said he had earlier stated August would be a sensitive month as some people would go into jails while others would come out of them. He opposed any undemocratic move in the country and said Pakistan People Party wanted to take part in general election but it did not have any objection on mid-term polls.
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