On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, President Dr. Arif Alvi declared that prisoners convicted for life would receive a special remission of 90 days. It will give a very positive step toward prison reform. And it will provide relief to prisoners who have been in jail for an extended period. They would feel great to meet their loved ones on this beautiful occasion of Eid.
The President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, granted the special remission on the advice of the Prime Minister. Because he has the powers under Article 45 of the Constitution to do so.
According to the latest figures, there are over 80,000 prisoners in Pakistan, many of whom face harsh conditions and overcrowding. Taking this initiative would be very helpful for those who didn’t commit major crimes. This step would create a positive impact on the government.
In addition to the remission of sentences, the government of Pakistan has also announced various other measures to improve the conditions of prisons in the country. These include arranging better healthcare facilities, better food quality, and providing education and vocational training. So that the prisoners learn the skills for reintegration into society.
Providing prisoners with better facilities and opportunities for rehabilitation can help them become productive members of society and reduce the chances of reoffending.
Special Remission By President for Prisoners on Eid
President, Dr. Arif Alvi told that the remission will apply to all other convicts except death-sentenced prisoners. The special remission of 90 days for prisoners convicted for life will not apply to those convicted of murder or espionage.
Also, it will not apply to anti-state activities or subversion, sectarianism, Zina, dacoity, kidnapping/snatching, drugs, and terrorist acts. Moreover, President Arif Alvi said that it will not apply to those undergoing sentences under the Foreigners Act of 1946.
Male prisoners who are 65 years of age or above and have undergone at least 1/3rd of their substantive sentence of imprisonment, except those involved in a homicide and involved in terrorist acts. They will also be applicable to avail of the remission.
Relief for Female Prisoners and Juveniles
Female prisoners who are 60 years of age or above and have served at least 1/3rd of their sentence. President, Arif Alvi said that they will be allowed for remission. Those who are accompanying children and serving sentences for crimes other than guilty crimes and homicide will also be eligible for special remission.
President, Arif Alvi told that Juveniles who have served 1/3rd of their sentence, except those convicted for culpable homicide and terrorist acts. They will also benefit from remission.
Exclusion of Convicts of Financial Embezzlement
The special remission of 90 days by President Arif Alvi, per the Interior Ministry’s notification, prohibits prisoners convicted of financial embezzlement. And to those causing loss to the national exchequer. This decision made by the President, Arif Alvi demonstrates the government’s tough stance against financial crimes. And it is also the determination of President Arif Alvi to hold the perpetrators accountable.
It also indicates that remission will be offered to individuals without financial fraud or corruption-related offenses. This highlights the government’s emphasis on fairness and justice in its policies.
This decision considers the government’s commitment to ensuring that the justice system is fair and transparent. All citizens, including prisoners, have their rights protected under the law.
President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi announced special remission in sentences for prisoners on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fit. It is a testament to the government’s commitment. As it ensures justice and fairness for all individuals, regardless of their circumstances.
Overall, this is a significant development in Pakistan’s criminal justice system. We are also hopeful that the government will take similar initiatives to address the challenges faced by prisoners in the country.
The government’s move towards prison reform represents a positive step in protecting the rights of all citizens, including prisoners. Additionally, excluding convicts of financial embezzlement highlights the government’s emphasis on fairness and justice in its policies.
This move provides prisoners with an opportunity to reunite with their families. But also serves as a reminder of the government’s commitment to human rights and social justice.
It also sends a message to the public that the government is taking effective measures. The government is trying to ensure the justice system does not unjustly punish individuals who have committed minor offenses.
In this way, the special remission of sentences for prisoners on Eid-ul-Fitr is a crucial step towards creating a more fair and just society in Pakistan.