Asif Ali Zardari approves special remission in sentences of prisoners

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari has approved a special remission in the sentences of prisoners ahead of Pakistan Day.

A special remission of 90 days has been granted to prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment, except those convicted of murder, espionage, anti-state activities, sectarianism, robbery, kidnapping and terrorist acts.

A special remission of 45 days has been granted to all other convicts, except condemned prisoners and those convicted for heinous crimes like murder, spying, subversion, anti-state activities and terrorism and those undergoing sentences under the Foreigners Act.

The special remission will be available only if the convicts have completed two-thirds of their substantive sentence of imprisonment, an official statement said.

Total remission will be available to female prisoners who are 60 years or above, and to male prisoners who are 65 years or above and have completed at least one-third of their prison term.

A special remission of one year has been allowed to female prisoners who have children and are serving sentences for crimes other than culpable homicide and terrorism.

Total remission has been granted to juvenile convicts under 18 years who have served one-third of their substantive sentence except those involved in culpable homicide, terrorism, robbery, kidnapping and anti-state activities.