Quetta: First female Baloch inmates released after Baloch and Brakh documents were included in prison manuals of Balochistan prisons.
“Rabya Kanwal has been released after passing the Balochi Literature Exam,” said Dr. Rubaba Khan Brady, the Director of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, on Thursday.
Speaking to APP, she said the implementation of the law to reduce incarceration has begun through the Baloch Literature Test in the Balochistan Prison Regulations Education Manual.
Rabia Kanwal is the first female prisoner to pass the prison manual’s Baloch test and benefit from reduced sentences under the law.
“The facility will be available to all prisoners who pass the exams under the prescribed syllabus in the local languages of Balochistan, including Baloch, Burakhi, Pashto and Persian,” she said.
Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu, and other languages have been written in Balochistan prison manuals since Pakistan’s establishment. However, they did not feel safe because the local languages Baloch and Burahui were not included.
Dr Lubaba said that at the request of the female prisoner, the issue was brought to the Balochistan Cabinet and, bearing in mind the sensitivity and nature of the issue, the Balochistan Cabinet approved in principle the necessary amendments to the Prisons Department’s proposal.
As a result of the amendment, Rabiya Kanwal, the first female prisoner in the history of Balochistan, was released after completing the necessary formalities.
The parliamentary secretary said the legal department provides legal assistance to relevant departments for the implementation of rules and regulations by reviewing/scrutinizing drafts sent by various ministries and departments.