President Approves Remission for Prisoners to Ease Burden of Overcrowded Jails

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In an effort to address the issue of overcrowded jails, President Arif Alvi of Pakistan has approved the remission of sentences for eligible prisoners. The decision was made in accordance with Article 45 of the Constitution.

This move aims to provide relief to prisoners serving life sentences by reducing their sentences. Male prisoners aged 65 years or above, as well as those who have completed at least 15 years of their sentence, will be eligible for sentence remission. Similarly, female prisoners aged 60 years or above, or those who have served at least 20 years of their sentence, will also receive remission.

Additionally, prisoners who were under 18 years old at the time of their conviction and have served one-third of their sentences will also benefit from the remission.

It is important to note that this remission will not apply to prisoners convicted of serious crimes such as murder, espionage, terrorism, rape, robbery, theft, kidnapping, financial crimes, anti-state activities, and those who have caused loss to the national exchequer.

The decision comes as the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day on August 14th. The occasion will be marked with great enthusiasm and fervor across the country, including the twin cities. The main roads and highways of the capital city have already been adorned with national flags, while cultural and literary organizations have arranged special programs to commemorate the day.

On Independence Day, national flags will be hoisted at important public buildings, heritage sites, and monumental buildings throughout Pakistan. These sites will also be illuminated with colorful lights to celebrate this significant day.

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