Over 5,189 prisoners with HIV/AIDS and other fatal diseases dying in Pakistan jails, No local or foreign medical facility

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Over 5,189 prisoners with HIV/AIDS and other fatal diseases dying in Pakistan jails, No local or foreign medical facility

ISLAMABAD: Over 5,189 prisoners with HIV/AIDS and other fatal diseases dying in Pakistan jails, No local or foreign medical facility made available.

As per report, 5,189 prisoners in jails across the country are suffering from HIV/AIDS and other deadly diseases, showed a report submitted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) by Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari.

The court had earlier formed a commission, headed by Shireen Mazari, for making a complete report about the facilities and recommendations for reforms in jails, *The News link* reported.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah resumed the hearing of a petition filed by a prisoner Khadim Hussain against poor health facilities in jails.

The report revealed that some 425 prisoners were diagnosed of HIV/AIDS.

A further breakdown of the cases showed that in Punjab 225 male and two female convicts were suffering from the disease, 115 male and one female in Sindh was found contracted with the disease, while 39 cases were found in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and 13 in Balochistan.

Mazari's report also showed that 65 per cent of the prisoners in jail are yet to be convicted as their cases are pending with the courts.

The report shared that decisions of 55 per cent cases in Punjab, 71 per cent in KP, 70 per cent in Sindh and 59 per cent in Balochistan have not been announced.

It further adds that 290 male and eight female prisoners in Punjab, 50 in Sindh, 235 in KP and 11 in Balochistan are mental patients.