KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani laid the foundation stones of a 50-bed hospital for Pul-e-Charkhi central jail, a new block for prisoners and a separate block for attorney officers and administrative officials of the prison here on Wednesday, a statement from presidential press office said.
According to the statement, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and other officials, including Attorney General, Farid Hamidi were present at the gathering held at the meeting hall of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison. Addressing the gathering, Attorney General said government was responsible before the nation and to address their problems, adding law on treatment of the sick prisoners has been finalized and a committee to review their problems and to decide on their treatments.
Meanwhile, Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak said 45 percent of the prisoners were eased with English language and computer courses and another 40 percent provided with vocational trainings.
Speaking on behalf of the prisoners, Qari Zafar thanked the president for his attention and visiting the prison for the third time. Zafar shed light on problems and difficulties being faced by the prisoners.
Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered a second review of the cases of Pul-e-Charkhi prisoners and said a team under Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh was working on the cases of death row inmates.
The president in his speech offered condolences to the families of those killed and wounded in yesterday incidents in Nangarhar province.
Emphasizing on sound management of the prisons, President Ghani said his government was trying to construct more facilities for prisoners. He promised with prisoners to review their cases again until justice achieved in this regard.
President Ghani said six hundred acres of land around the Pul-e-Charkhi jail would be turned into a park and a monument would be built in the memory of all martyrs.He told the prisoners that their demands would be reconsidered and women prisoners’ cases would be reviewed again.
The Kabul Times