LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Friday sought report from the Punjab government on a petition seeking construction of jails and welfares of inmates across the province.

Appearing before the court, Deputy Inspector General Prison Department Mubashar Malik submitted that six new jails had been constructed while the training of the relevant staff was continued.

After one month time, all six jails would be functioning, he told the judge. ON it, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC was hearing the case. The judge directed the government to submit report within two weeks. Muazzam Ali Shah, the petitioner had filed the petition submitting that the project of construction of new jails in Punjab was being delayed. He stated the lives of the inmates were in danger due to delay in the said project and the rooms of the jails were filled with inmates more than their capacity.

Such kind of treatment with the inmates was against Article 25 of the Constitution.  He requested the court to direct the government to construct jails on war footing for the sake of welfare of the prisoners.