LAHORE (APP) - The overall jail population across the Punjab province has dropped by nearly 10,000 as a result of successful implementation of the National Judicial Policy (NJP) 2009 in the province. Inspector General of Prisons Punjab Kokab Nadeem Warraich told APP here Sunday that the National Judicial Policy announced by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and successfully being implemented by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif had started yielding positive result. He said that under this judicious policy, all old cases of under trial prisoners pending with the courts were being tried expeditiously within the ambit of law which he added helped a lot to ensure dispensation of justice to all at their doorsteps. He said that as a result of prompt disposal of cases in accordance with the law, convicts were being released after the expiry of their terms of sentence. He said before the enforcement of the National Judicial Policy, the total strength of jail inmates throughout the province was nearly 62,000 against the capacity of 21,527 prisoners which he added after the Judicial Policy dropped upto 51,120 on May 30 last. Kokab Nadeem said that convicts had heaved a sigh of relief after the disposal of their years long pending cases without any discrimination. He said that due to close monitoring of disposal of pending cases by Lahore High Court, all District and Sessions Judges, Additional District and Sessions Judges, Anti-Terrorism Courts and other subordinate judiciary have responded quickly to the National Judicial Policy. The IG said all Range DIGs and Superintendents of Jails throughout the province had already been directed to inform the D&SJ concerned about the detail of pending cases in various trial courts.