SIALKOT - Punjab Inspector General of Prisons Mian Farooq Nazir has said that the government has been utilising all-out resources to ensure foolproof security in all the jails and bring a tangible to the condition of prisons.

Talking to newsmen during his visit to Sialkot District Jail here on Friday, he revealed that the provincial government was successfully implementing a multi-phased jails reforms programme under which the government would soon establish three new jails. In the first phase three new prisons - in Nankana Sahib, Khushab and Chiniot districts which will help minimize burden on the existing prisons.

The IG prisons informed that during the second phase, prisons at Sialkot, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan district would be shifted to the outskirts of the cities.

Farooq Nazir informed that security arrangements in all prisons were being improved and for this purpose watch towers would be established and security cameras would be installed in all prisons, adding that necessary technical and physical training of the prisons staff by the Pak Army would also be ensured to enable them cope with any contingency.

On this occasion, the Sialkot district jail officials informed the visiting the Punjab IG prisons that the district jail was overcrowded as there were more than 2,700 prisons belonging to both Sialkot and Narowal districts although it had a capacity for only 700 prisoners.