Attock Jail officials refuse to accept court orders regarding Imran Khan
The superintendent of Attock Jail has informed the court that Imran Khan will not be granted permission to communicate with his sons via telephone, citing adherence to prison regulations. This response was provided as part of a contempt petition, wherein the superintendent clarified that individuals incarcerated under the Official Secrets Act are not entitled to the privilege of telephonic communication.
Additionally, the superintendent submitted a document from the Punjab Prison Foundation, which explicitly states that, in accordance with the Prison Rules of 1978, overseas calls are prohibited for all inmates. Consequently, the superintendent emphasized that denying the phone call did not constitute a breach of any legal provisions, as no court orders had been violated.
Judge Abu Alhasnaat Zulqurnain has scheduled a hearing for September 18 to consider further arguments in response to the superintendent's explanation.
This case raises significant questions about the balance between an individual's rights and the constraints imposed by prison regulations, and it will be of great interest to see how the court ultimately resolves this matter