ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of Prime Minister, has approved granting of special remission in sentences on the occasion of Pakistan Day (23rd March).

A presidential order issued on Sunday, special remission of 90 days has been granted to the prisoners convicted for life imprisonment except those convicted for heinous crimes including murder, espionage and anti-state activities.

Special remission for 45 days granted to all other convicts except the condemned prisoners and those convicted of heinous crime. The special remission will be available only if the convicts have undergone 2/3rd of their substantive sentence of imprisonment.

Total remission to female prisoners who are 60 years of age or above and to male prisoners who are 65 years of age or above who have undergone at least one-third of the sentence of imprisonment.

Special remission of one year has been allowed to female prisoners who have accompanied children and are serving sentence of imprisonment for crimes other than culpable homicide and terrorism.

Total remission has also been allowed to juvenile convicts (under 18 years of age) who have served 1/3rd of their substantive sentence except those involved in culpable homicide, terrorism anti-state activities, the Presidential order says.