| GEO Pakistan|
| Kot Lakhpat jail inmates go on hunger strike|
| Updated at: 1951 PST, Saturday, April 10, 2010|
LAHORE: More than 300 hundreds prisoners have gone on the hunger strike at Kot Lakhpat jail in protest against the special remission awarded to a specific group of inmates.
They have demanded that all prisoners should get the remission without any discrimination.
To celebrate the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment Bill in the National Assembly President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday awarded special remission to prisoners involved in crimes of minor nature or of a particular age bracket, by remitting one fourth of their total sentence.
Total remission was given to the women convict prisoners who are 60 years of age or above and have undergone at least one-third of substantive sentences imprisonment.
Male prisoners 65 years of age or above and have undergone at least one-third of imprisonment, was given total remission in their sentences.
The special remission was not for those who have been convicted of crimes such as murder, espionage, anti-state activities, terrorism, kidnapping and abduction for ransom, robbery and dacoity.
They have threatened to continue their hunger strike if President Zardari does not announce reemission for them.
Meanwhile, the jail administration has assured that they will speak to the federal government in this regard.