ISLAMABAD: The Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi was referred to as a “detention center” for torturing inmates by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday. In response to accusations of convicts being subjected to torture and other cruel treatment, the IHC issued an inquiry order.
In the ruling, Chief Justice Athar Minallah insisted that the claims of inmate torture contained in the case (submitted by the Human Rights Commission) were not without merit. The order said that instead of being run in accordance with the law, the Adiala jail had been transformed into a detention camp, per a top-secret report.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Punjab was mandated by the court to look into the jail’s human rights breaches and provide a report as soon as feasible. In response to a complaint from the Human Rights Commission (HRC) about suspected torture at the Adiala jail, Justice Minallah visited the facility on Saturday.
Notoriety of Adiala Jail:
The mistreatment of inmates and the jail’s reportedly dishonest staff have kept Adiala Jail in the news. Shahab Hussain, a 21-year-old prisoner who is currently awaiting trial, was tortured and had his finger broken, according to a plea recently submitted before the IHC by Hussain’s mother.
She claimed that jail staff members stripped her son, who had been detained in connection with a terrorism investigation, and wanted a bribe of Rs 5,000. She claimed that on September 9 her kid began a hunger strike as a result of cruel treatment.