The Sindh government has agreed to the pay the fine imposed on 37 prisoners convicted in different cases. They have completed their sentences, but don’t have the money to pay for the fine.
Home Secretary Amanullah Zardari appeared before the Sindh High Court on Wednesday. He said that the government has agreed to release Rs339,573, 063 (Rs330 million) to pay diyat (blood money), arsh (compensation for hurting one’s organ) and daman (compensation decided by the trial court).
A two-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh and Justice Omar Sial, ordered for the prisoners to be released in six days. The hearing was adjourned till Tuesday, April 30.
The prisoners have been languishing in jails across Sindh, said petitioner Shahab Usto. “The only reason they weren’t released is because they don’t have money,” he told SAMAA Digital.
The petitioner had argued that the federal and provincial governments didn’t provide financial assistance or soft loans to the inmates as required under the Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund Rules 2007. The Supreme Court had made the fund specifically to help prisoners who are unable to pay the fine.
Justice Sial appreciated the step taken by the Sindh government to help the convicts.