QUETTA: Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove has said that an operation to clean up 11 jails of the province will be launched after a huge quantity of narcotics, mobile phones, TV sets and other prohibited items were found to be in use of the prisoners in Quetta district jail.
Speaking at a press conference in the district jail along with Superintendent of Jails Saleem Kasi and other senior police officers, he said that a committee, headed by provincial home secretary would probe into the recovery of prohibited items from the Quetta prison.
He said that 14 officials of the Quetta district jail had been suspended while over 100 other staff of different jails had been transferred to other jails.
“Jail officials, who allowed narcotics, mobile phones, TV seats and other items would face strict legal action,” Mr Langove said, adding that probe committee would be formed in a couple of days.
In reply to a question, he admitted that a search operation could not be conducted in Quetta district jail for a long time and this led to entry of prohibited items into jail barracks.
He said that Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail had paid a surprise visit to the Quetta district jail along with other judges and observed that prisoners were using the items which were not allowed in the jail manual.
Published in Dawn, January 8th, 2020