Minister hands over weaponry, security equipments to jails

August 10, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Prisons, Anti-Corruption, Mines and Mineral development, Manzoor Wassan on Thursday gave away modern weaponry and security equipments to the Sindh jails in order to beef up security around jails and thwart any untoward incident.

Talking to media while providing modern security equipment and other material to Inspector General of Prisons (IGP) Sindh Nusrat Hussain Mangan, prison superintendents and other senior officials during a ceremony at Karachi Central Jail, Wasan said that Sindh jails were being equipped with modern weaponry in order to thwart security threats. “Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur prisons are more sensitive, therefore bomb-proof walls would be constructed around them,” he said.

The minister said that the department was mulling over a plan worth Rs1billion 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.

Wassan said that Sindh jails had been provided with 200 G-3 riffles, 250 SMGs, 100 short guns, 250 9MM 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.

Speaking on political scenario of the country, the minister predicted that former military ruler Gen (retd) Musharraf would leave Pakistan at the end of August while several people would go in prisons in August.

Wassan said that he had earlier stated that 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 that PPPP wanted to take part in general election but they do not have any objection on mid-term polls.

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