President grants special remission in sentences on Pakistan Day

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari has approved grant of special remission in sentences on the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23.

Special remission of 90 days has been granted to the prisoners convicted for life imprisonment except those convicted for murder, espionage, anti-state activities, sectarianism, zina, robbery, kidnapping/abduction and terrorist  acts. Special remission for 45 days has been granted to all other convicts except the condemned prisoners and those convicted for heinous crimes including murder, espionage,subversion, anti-state activities, terrorist act, zina, kidnapping/abduction, robbery, dacoity and those undergoing sentences under  the Foreigners Act, 1946.

The special remission will be available only if the convicts have  undergone two-thirds of their substantive sentence of imprisonment.

Total remission will be available to to female prisoners, who are 60 years of age  or above, and to male prisoners who are 65 years of age or above, who have undergone at least one-third of sentence of imprisonment.

Special remission of one year has been allowed to female prisoners who  have accompanying children and are serving sentence of imprisonment for crimes other than culpable homicide and terrorism.

Total remission has also been allowed to juvenile convicts (under 18 years of age) who have served one-third of their substantive sentence except those involved in culpable homicide, terrorist act, zina, robbery, dacoity, kidnapping/abduction and anti-state activities, the Presidential order said.