Biometric ID system should be operationalized in all prisons: Ejaz

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The Federal Ombudsman, Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi, said that all departments of the KP criminal justice system must ensure the establishment of a common PMIS interface for inmates in all prisons as a matter of priority. Taking serious note of the delay in the proper functioning of the biometric identification system in all prisons, he ordered the provincial government and IG Prisons to ensure its functioning within one month.

He chaired a high-level meeting on Thursday at the Chief Secretary’s office in Peshawar with KP Chief Secretary Mr. Shehzad Bangash to review progress and status of implementation of the recommendations of the Prison Reforms Committee , as entrusted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The meeting was attended by Provincial Mohtasib KP Syed Jamal ud Din Shah, IG, KP, IG Prisons KP, Home Secretary, Legal Secretaries, Assistant. General Counsel, DG Prosecution, Social Welfare, Departments of Health as well as advisers from the WMS regional office in Peshawar and other stakeholders.

IG Prisons, Mr. Saadat Hassan gave a detailed briefing through a presentation and informed that the capacity has been increased to accommodate an additional 4,620 prisoners in six prisons and the capacity to accommodate an additional 7,000 prisoners will be realized in the near future in 12 prisons. He further stated that as part of the ADP programs, the construction of a prison in each district is underway.

He said Prisoner Management System (PMIS) and Biometric Identification System have been installed in 14 prisons and PMIS system in the remaining prisons is ongoing with the assistance of UNODC. The establishment of a common interface for all departments of the criminal justice system with the assistance of NADRA is underway. He said that in the first phase, this system is being finalized at Peshawar Central Jail as a pilot project.

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