The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench sought a detailed report within one week from the Punjab home secretary and the superintendent of Adiala Jail on a plea by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Pervaiz Elahi seeking directives for authorities to provide entitled facilities in the jail.

Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan of the LHC passed the order and directed the officials concerned to come up with the reply within a week time. Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi filed the plea through his counsel Abdul Razzaq Khan and alleged mistreatment and denial of basic amenities during his incarceration at Adiala Jail.The counsel argued that given his political and social standing, the former Chief Minister was entitled to better class facilities in the prison. Instead, he claimed that Pervaiz Elahi was facing mistreatment. During the proceedings, Abdul Razzaq Khan brought to light instances of purported illegal interference during family and lawyer meetings. He emphasized that lawyers were not allowed to carry pens, and exchange notes. Additionally, conversations are allegedly being recorded without consent. Furthermore, he asserted that Pervez Elahi, being a heart patient, had been advised by doctors to adhere to a specific diet. However, he alleged that permission for home-cooked meals was being denied, resulting in frequent instances of food poisoning and stomach issues due to jail food.Highlighting the lack of provisions for essential healthcare, Razzaq Khan pointed out the absence of facilities for physiotherapy to address Pervaiz Elahi’s reported back pain. A report presented in the court indicated that the matter had been brought to the attention of the Home Secretary of Punjab, with ongoing consideration.


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2023-11-11

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