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PRISONS & PRISONERS IN PAKISTAN PRISONS
Under the 1962 West Pakistan Jail Warden Service Rules, prisons are managed by a career prison service, which sets qualifications for wardens, but these guidelines are reportedly not well observed. The service is organized by province under an inspector general of prisons. At division level, the senior official is the director of prisons, and there are jail superintendents at district and municipal levels. Simple lockups are maintained in some villages. There are some female wardens to handle female prisoners, but more are needed.

Prisons are not salubrious places. The common criminal from a poor background is assigned to Class C confinement, with virtually no amenities. Abuse is common. Prisoners of higher social status are assigned to Class B prisons, where conditions are better, and they can procure better food and some amenities from their own pocket. Class A prisons are for "prominent" offenders. Conjugal visits are not the rule but are allowed in some cases.

Juveniles are handled separately in both the court system and in confinement. The criminal code prescribes special courts for offenders under age fifteen unless they are charged with a particularly serious offense and a high court orders that they be tried before a regular sessions court. There are juvenile wards in regular jails for offenders up to age twenty-one. In addition, a few reform institutions for boys between eleven and twenty years of age attempt to rehabilitate young offenders.

The Pakistan Prisons Act of 1894 and the Prison Rules of Pakistan, both relics from the colonial era, permit the use of whipping as a punishment in prisons. They also permit the use of fetters and chains as instruments of restraint and punishment under certain conditions. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, in his 1996 report on Pakistan, described the fetters used in Pakistan's prisons:

Bar fetters consist of iron rings locked around the ankles of prisoners; an iron bar is riveted to each of these iron shackles making an inverted "V". These two vertical bars are about 50 cm long and are linked at mid-thigh level by an iron ring which the prisoner must hold or which is connected to a rope or chain around the waist. The rods are of a standard length and, thus, men who are not of average height may suffer when the bars are too long or too short for them, thereby adding to the normal discomfort experienced in wearing bar fetters. The iron bars are about 1.2 cm in diameter and weigh, together with the ankle shackles, around 4 kg. Cross fetters are iron bars about 50 cm in length attached in addition to bar fetters and placed between the iron rings around the ankles keeping the prisoners' legs permanently apart at the bar's length.

PRISONERS IN PAKISTAN PRISONS
Please let us know if you have any information regarding any of the inmates listed below which can allow us to keep this page updated & current. Note: This list is not intended to be a complete listing of inmates. Some inmates do not wish to be listed as they do not want their cases to be public or want family membersor associates to know their situation, some simply wish to be forgotton.

If you know of a prisoner who needs contact please contact us here and send us the Inmates Name, Country of Origin, Age, date of birth, sentence, crime, date of release, time served, and any other information relivent to their case.

Prisoners in Pakistan Prisons
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Prisoner Name Age Date Imprisoned Charge
  • AYUB MASIH
  • 32 October 1996 Charged with Blasphemy but released Aug 2002
  • DR MOHAMMED SHAIKH
  • - August 2001 Muslim Physiology professor found guilty of blasphemy in lecture
  • SHARIF
  • - January 2001 Ahmadi businessman in detention pending trial for blasphemy
  • DR YOUNASSHAIKH
  • - October 2000 Pending appeal to High Court
  • AMJAD MASIH
  • 31 February 1999 Arrested in Jhang near Faisalabad - February 4, 1999, for allegedly selling drugs. Was later accused of burning pages from the Koran. Local bishop says police officers failed to extort bribes from the two men fabricated the blasphemy charges. He was convicted and sentenced 25 years on March 21, 2001, by the Jhang Sessions Court. Their appeal has been pending before the Lahore High Court since April 2001. Amjad is married with four children. He is imprisoned in the Jhang District jail.
  • ANWAR KENNETH
  • 44 September 25, 2001 Detained at Gawal Mandi police station in Lahore accused of blasphemy. On July 18, 2002, he was sentenced to death by a court in Lahore, where he is imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat jail.
  • ASHIQ 'KINGRI' MASIH
  • 27 May 3, 2000 A young Christian man who converted to Islam to marry a Muslim girl. Now he is charged with blasphemy after he tried to return to his Christian faith. On June 29, 2002, the Faisalabad District and Sessions Court sentenced him to be hanged on charges of "slandering the Muslim prophet Mohammed."
  • ASIF MASIH
  • 30 February 4, 1999 Arrested in Jhang near Faisalabad for allegedly selling drugs, accused of burning some pages of the Koran in his cell. Local bishop says police officers failed to extort bribes from him fabricated the blasphemy charges. He was convicted and sentenced to 25 years of prison on March 21, 2001, by the Jhang Sessions Court. His appeal has been pending before the Lahore High Court since April 2001. Asif is unmarried. He is imprisoned in the Jhang District jail.
  • ASLAM MASIH
  • 70 November 5, 1998 Accused of preparing a charm containing verses from the Koran to hang around a dog's neck. He was convicted on May 7, 2002, by the Faisalabad Sessions Court, which sentenced him to serve a double life-sentence in prison. The verdict is under appeal before the Lahore High Court. He is imprisoned in the Faisalabad Central jail.
  • PERVAIZ MASIH
  • 37 April 1, 2001 Arrested in a village near Sialkot, Pervaiz Masih was accused of slandering Mohammed to several teenage Muslim boys he was tutoring several months earlier. A well-known high school principal, he has been refused bail, and the police did not complete their prosecution brief on his case until the first week of July 2002. He is being tried before the Daska Additional and Sessions Court. Unmarried, he remains imprisoned in the Daska jail.
  • RANJHA MASIH
  • 56 May 8, 1998 Accused of throwing stones that damaged a shop sign on which was written a verse from the Koran. He was charged seven weeks later with blaspheming against Mohammed. Trial hearings on his case did not begin for another two years before the Faisalabad Sessions Court, which by June 2002 had yet to hear the defense side of the case. He is married with six children and several grandchildren. He is imprisoned in the Faisalabad Central jail.
  • SHAHBAZ MASIH
  • 26 June 4, 2001 Arrested near Faisalabad, Shahbaz Masih was accused of tearing up leaflets with verses from the Koran and desecrating the grave shrine of a local Muslim holy man. According to his family, the defendant is mentally unstable, having been admitted to a mental hospital twice in the past five years for treatment. Trial proceedings in his case began in June 2002. Unmarried, he is imprisoned without bail in the Faisalabad District jail.
  • RASHEED AND SALEEM MASIH
  • - June 1999 Jailed without bail, Rasheed and Saleem Masih were accused of slandering the Muslim prophet Mohammed during an argument with an ice cream vendor. The incident occurred in the Pasrur region of northeastern Pakistan, when the Muslim vendor refused to serve the two Christians from the same bowls used by Muslims. They were given a life sentence for alleged blasphemy. Lahore-based Center for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), said the long-delayed blasphemy case against the Masih brothers is fraught with blatant legal irregularities. Although the initial complaint to the police only reported a fistfight, when a formal accusation was filed six days later, the accuser claimed that the two had committed blasphemy. According to CLAAS investigators, however, the Muslim plaintiffs carried a grudge against the two brothers after losing a civil land dispute against them. Although litigation documents were submitted which proved one of the prosecution witnesses had lied about this to the court, the evidence was ignored in the lower court judgment. In terms of legal procedure, the brothers had been booked under Section 295-C of Pakistan's blasphemy law, which carries a mandatory death sentence for anyone convicted of slandering the prophet Mohammed. But inexplicably, the lower court judge in Pasrur who found them guilty sentenced them to 25 years in prison

    Additional Sessions Court Judge Rana Mohammed Yousaf also tacked on another 10 years each for "insulting Islam" under Section 295-A. Since the law stipulates this accusation can only be tried in the country's Anti-Terrorist Courts, Judge Yousaf did not have any legal jurisdiction to rule on this statute

    After being jailed for the first 18 months in Sialkot, the two Christians were then transferred to Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail while awaiting the appeal of their conviction. The two brothers escaped injury when a riot broke out in the Sahiwal prison, leaving one prisoner dead and another 30 injured. Death row cells of 150 prisoners were broken open, the gallows set on fire and five jail employees taken hostage before police regained control with a heavy barrage of gunfire and tear gas. Their September transfer to the Sahiwal jail moved the Masih brothers 150 miles away from their wives and children in Sabu Mohaal village, near Pasrur. The distance has made it difficult and expensive for their families to visit them. It's a full day for them to go and come by bus, about six hours each way and they can only see them maximum for half an hour, not more. Rasheed Masih, now 36, has five children, and Saleem, 32, has three. During their first two years in prison, their elder brother Hamid Masih had provided for his two sisters-in-law and their eight children in their home village. But after his home was robbed and his wife raped by four assailants in June 2001, Hamid Masih moved his family out of the region to the relative anonymity of a large city. The Masih brothers' village is less than 20 miles from Chianwali, where three Christians were killed and another 13 injured in a Christmas night attack on a village church.

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    Government Officials Contacts
    MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

    Name: Khurshid M. Kasuri
    Tel: 921-0335
    Fax: 920-7600
    E-mail Address: foreignminister@mfa.gov.pk

    Director General (Foreign Minister's Office)
    Name: Khalid Mehmood
    Tel: 920-3824
    E-mail Address: dgfmo@mfa.gov.pk

    Dy. Dir. (Foreign Minister's Office)
    Name: Rahim Hayat Qureshi
    Tel: 920-7762
    E-mail Address: ddfmo@mfa.gov.pk

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    FOREIGN SECRETARY

    Name: Riaz H. Khokhar
    Tel: 921-1492
    Fax: 920-2717
    E-mail Address: foreignsecretary@mfa.gov.pk

    Director (Foreign Secretary's Office)
    Name: Tehmina Janjua
    Tel: 920-3130
    E-mail Address: dirfso@mfa.gov.pk

    Dy. Dir. (Foreign Secretary's Office)
    Name: Syrus Sajjad Qazi
    Tel: 920-1934
    E-mail Address: ddfso@mfa.gov.pk

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    ADDITIONAL SECRETARIES

    A.S. (Admin)
    Name: Javed Hafiz
    Tel: 921-0971
    Fax: 921-3795
    E-mail Address: asadmn@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (Afghanistan & ECO)
    Vacant
    Tel: 920-1394
    Fax: 920-6173
    E-mail Address: asafgheco@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (Americas)
    Name: M. Saeed Khalid
    Tel: 920-1542
    Fax: 922-2782
    E-mail Address: aseuram@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (Asia Pacific)
    Name: Salman Bashir
    Tel: 920-7938
    Fax: 921-9023
    E-mail Address: asap@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (Europe)
    Name: Toheed Ahmad
    Tel: 9202255
    Fax: 9201802 E-mail Address: ase@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (Middle East & Africa)
    Name: Shafkat Saeed
    Tel: 921-0002
    Fax: 920-6537
    E-mail Address: asmea@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (Policy Planning)
    Name: Shaheen A.Gillani
    Tel: 920-2255
    Fax: 920-2255
    E-mail Address: aspp@mfa.gov.pk

    A.S. (United Nations & Eco. Coord)
    Name: Tariq Osman Hyder
    Tel: 920-5494
    Fax: 920-2518
    E-mail Address: asunec@mfa.gov.pk

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    CHIEF OF PROTOCOL

    Name: Brig (R) Mian Khalid Habib
    Tel: 920-4019
    Fax: 920-1452

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (P-1)
    Name: Abdul Lateef 
    Tel: 922-1158

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (P-2)
    Name: Seema Ilahi Baloch
    Tel: 920-2685

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (Visit-1)
    Name: Muhammad Saeed Khan
    Tel: 920-3720

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (Visit-2)
    Name: Col. (R) Salik Nawaz
    Tel: 920-4914
    Fax: 920-4914

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (Karachi)
    Name: Tariq Iqbal Soomro
    Tel: (021) 920-4989, 920-6690
    Fax: 920-4991

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (Lahore)
    Name: Dr. Aman Rashid
    Tel: 920-0247
    Fax: 920-0248

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (Peshawar)
    Name:  Syed  Zulfiqar Ali Shah
    Tel: 9211673
    Fax: 9211673

    Dy. Chief of Protocol (Quetta)
    Name: Vacant
    Tel: 448785
    Fax: 448785

    Legal Advisor
    Name: Shair Bahadur Khan
    Tel: 922-3798

    Dy Legal Advisor
    Name: Shair Bahadur Khan
    Tel: 920-9934

    Information Officer
    Name: Nadeem Haider Kiani
    Tel: 920-7947
    Fax: 921-4033

    Dy Director (Arabic)
    Name: Zahid Raza Khan
    Tel: 920-2698

    Asst Dir (R)
    Name: M. Munir Khan
    Tel: 922-3764

    Dy Dir (CO)
    Name: S. Abdul Razzaq
    Tel: 920-7865

    Dy Dir (CS)
    Name: Liaqat Ali
    Tel: 920-7866

    Radio Officer-I
    Name: Maj. Daud ur Rehman.
    Tel: 920-7946

    Radio Officer-II
    Name: Maj. Ovais Shahid
    Tel: 920-7944

    Security Officer
    Name: Maj. Muhammad Iftikhar
    Tel: 920-4281

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    DIRECTORS GENERAL

    D.G. (Afghanistan & ECO )
    Name: Rashed Saleem Khan
    Tel: 920-2338
    Fax: 920-2338
    E-mail Address:

    D.G. (Africa)
    Name: M. Asghar Afridi
    Tel: 920-7158
    Fax: 920-7158
    E-mail Address: dgafrica@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Americas)
    Name: Mr.A.B.K.Babar
    Tel: 920-6206
    Fax: 920-6206
    E-mail Address: dgamerica@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Disarmament-C)
    Name: Brig Tipu Sultan
    Tel: 920-7690
    Fax: 920-7690
    E-mail Address: dgdisarmamentic@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Disarmament)
    Name: Nazir Hussain
    Tel: 920-7696
    Fax: 920-7696
    E-mail Address: dgdisarmamentic@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (East Asia Pacific)
    Name: M. Naeem Khan
    Tel: 920-3805
    Fax: 920-3805
    E-mail Address: dgeap@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Eco. Coord)
    Name: Athar Mahmood
    Tel: 920-1944
    Fax: 920-1944
    E-mail Address: dgec@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Europe)
    Name: Sohail Amin
    Tel: 920-2262
    Fax: 920-2262
    E-mail Address: dgeurope@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Hqrs)
    Name: Tariq Azizuddin
    Tel: 921-8880
    Fax: 921-8880
    E-mail Address: dghqrs@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Media Coordination & Research)
    Name: Muhammad Anwar Chohan
    Tel: 920-7683 
    Fax: 922-4205, 922-4206
    E-mail Address:

    D.G. (Middle East)
    Name: Sajjad Ashraf
    Tel: 920-2371
    Fax: 920-2371


    D.G. (Mission & Finance)
    Name: Habib-ur-Rahman
    Tel: 920-4502
    Fax: 920-4502
    E-mail Address: dgmf@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (NASA)
    Name: Muhammad Younas Khan
    Tel: 921-3789
    Fax: 922-4205, 922-4206
    E-mail Address: dgnasa@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (OIC)
    Name: Mr. Sanaullah
    Tel: 920-8747
    Fax: 920-8747
    E-mail Address:

    D.G. (Personnel)
    Name: Zafar Ullah Shaikh
    Tel: 920-2362
    Fax: 920-4059
    E-mail Address: dgp@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Policy Planning)
    Name: Faiz Muhammad Khoso
    Tel: 920-7575
    Fax: 920-7575
    E-mail Address: dgpp@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (Research-II)
    Name: Riaz A. Syed
    Tel: 920-7690
    Fax: 922-4205, 922-4206
    E-mail Address: dgr2@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (South Asia)
    Name: Jalil Abbas Jilani
    Tel: 920-2122
    Fax: 920-2122
    E-mail Address: dgsa@mfa.gov.pk

    D.G. (SAARC)
    Name: Fauzia M. Sana
    Tel: 921-3789
    Fax: 921-3789
    E-mail Address:

    D.G. (United Nations & Spokesman)
    Name: Muhammad Masood Khan
    Tel: 920-7683
    Fax: 920-7683
    E-mail Address: dgun@mfa.gov.pk

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    CAO, FOREIGN AUDIT, DFA

    Chief Account Officer
    Name: Sarshar Ahmad Khan
    Tel: 920-1952
    Fax: 922-4707

    Deputy CAO-1
    Name: Ismail Satti
    Tel: 921-7672

    Deputy CAO-2
    Name: Sardar Muhammad Khattak
    Tel: 921-6006

    Director Foreign Audit
    Name: Abdul Khaliq
    Tel: 922-3754
    Fax: 920-4874

    Dy. Director Foreign Audit
    Name: Khurram Raza Qureshi
    Tel: 922-3752
    Fax: 920-4874

    Dy. Financial Advisor (FA)
    Name: Riaz Ahmad Khan
    Tel: 920-1019

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    PRIME MINISTER'S SECRETARIAT

    Additional Secretary (FA)
    Name: Hassan Sarmad
    Tel: 920-7381
    Fax: 920-1968

    Deputy Secy to AS(FA)
    Name:
    Tel: 920-8787

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    FOREIGN SERVICE ACADEMY

    Director General
    Name: Musa Javed Chohan
    Tel: 921-2083
    Fax: 920-3264

    Director
    Name: Seema Naqvi
    Tel: 920-3892

    Director
    Name: Amjad Ali Sher
    Tel: 920-3838



    Last updated on: 24th June 2004
    DIRECTORS

    Director (Arab Affairs)
    Name: Qazi Habib ur Rehman
    Tel: 920-5846

    Director (Afghanistan)
    Name: Fakir Syed Asif Hussain
    Tel: 920-1070

    Director (Africa)
    Name: Fazal ur Rehman Qazi
    Tel: 922-2103

    Director (Americas)
    Name: Tasnim Aslam
    Tel: 920-1757

    Director (Audit)
    Name: Imran Yawar
    Tel: 920-7775

    Director (Central Asian Republics & ECO)
    Name: Mir Badshah
    Tel: 920-2604

    Director (China, Japan, Korea)
    Name: A.S. Babar Hashmi
    Tel: 920-1133

    Director (Communication & Consular)
    Supervised by Director(GS)
    Tel: 920-7768

    Director (Disarmament)
    Name: Shuja Alam
    Tel: 920-7677

    Director (Economic Coordination)
    Name: Asad Majeed Khan
    Tel: 920-7752

    Director (Europe-I)
    Name: Aman Rashid
    Tel: 920-5865

    Director (Europe-II)

    Name: Naela Chohan
    Tel: 920-7773

    Director (Europe-III)
    Name: Sabrina Masood
    Tel: 920-7798

    Director (Finance)
    Supevised by Director (Aduit)
    Tel: 920-2389

    Director (Gulf Region)
    Name: Arif Mahmood
    Tel: 920-5440

    Director (General Services & Welfare)
    Name: Ayaz Hussain
    Tel: 920-4367

    Director (India)
    Name: Tariq Zamir
    Tel: 920-4310

    Director (Iran & Turkey)
    Name: Ghulam Farid Furrukh
    Tel: 920-7764

    Director (Kashmir Affairs)
    Name: Zehra H. Akbari
    Tel: 920-2787

    Director (Mission Buildings)
    Mr. Khalid Usman Qaiser
    Tel: 920-8721

    Director (Mission Services)
    Supervised by Director (MB)
    Tel: 920-7617

    Director (NBBS)
    Name: Riaz H. Bukhari
    Tel: 920-7929

    Director (Org & Career Planning)
    Name: Shah M. Jamal
    Tel: 920-6262

    Director (Personnel-I)
    Name: Riffat Masood
    Tel: 922-4009
    Fax: 920-1015

    Director (Personnel-II)
    Name: Asaf Khan
    Tel: 920-1405

    Director (Policy Planning)
    Name: Iffat Imran Gardezi
    Tel: 920-7906

    Director (SAARC)
    Name: Mr. Najam us Saqib
    Tel: 920-8234

    Director (SC & HR)
    Name: Imtiaz Hussain
    Tel: 920-2623

    Director (SEAP)
    Name: Safdar Hayat
    Tel: 920-2623

    Director (SSA)
    Name: Akhtar Ali Sulehri
    Tel: 920-2625

    Director (UN-I)
    Name: Burhanul Islam
    Tel: 920-7756

    Director (UN-II)
    Name: Abdul Wahab Khan
    Tel: 920-6149

    Director (Archives)
    Name: Asad Ezdi Shah
    Tel: 920-7868

    Director (UN-II )
    Name: Abdul Wahab Khan
    Tel: 920-6149

    Director (DISARM&NA-I)
    Name: Lt.Col. Mussarat Naseem
    Tel: 920-7675

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