SHC summons report about treatment of prison inmate

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday directed the authorities of Karachi Central Jail to submit a report showing whether a convict, suffering from HIV/Aids, has been provided proper treatment.

Muhammad Asghar, who was caught trying to smuggle 18.8 kilograms of heroin to Dubai, was arrested at Karachi airport in December 2011 and sentenced five months of rigorous imprisonment by the Special Control of Narcotics Substances Court-I in March, 2012.

Antinarcotics force had appealed to the court to enhance the sentence handed down by the trial court to Asghar, who became patient of deadly HIV/Aids in prison.

It was submitted that convict was losing weight fast – between five to 10kgs so far – but officials are not shifting him to the hospital for treatment, which may risk his life. The court had directed police to ensure that proper treatment is provided to the prisoner.

During the hearing, the court was informed that defendant was not being provided proper treatment.

Counsel appearing on behalf of defendant pleaded the court to direct prison officials get his client properly treated at the hospital as soon as possible.

Headed by Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, the division bench of SHC called report from prison authorities regarding providing treatment to ailing convict.

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