In a gesture of goodwill and in observance of the auspicious occasion of Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W), the federal government of Pakistan has officially announced a 90-day remission for prisoners across the country. The decision was made through a circulation summary, and it has received the approval of the President of Pakistan under Article 45.
This act of clemency applies to convicted prisoners currently serving sentences in various prisons throughout Pakistan. However, it’s essential to note that the remission will not be extended to individuals convicted of heinous crimes, including murder, espionage, subversion, anti-state activities, terrorist activities, rape, kidnapping/abduction, robbery, dacoity, and those sentenced under the Foreigners Act 1946.
The Ministry of Interior will be responsible for notifying the provinces about the remission in prisoners’ sentences. This move by the government aims to allow certain prisoners an opportunity to reunite with their families and loved ones during the sacred occasion of Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W).
On September 16, Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Abdul Khabeer Azad announced that the moon of Rabi-ul-Awwal had not been sighted. Consequently, the Islamic month began on Monday, September 18, and Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W) is set to be observed on September 29, which falls on a Friday this year.
Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W), also known as the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is celebrated by Muslims worldwide on the 12th day of Rabiul Awwal, the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. This day holds immense significance for Muslims, as it is an occasion to reflect on the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and to engage in acts of charity, kindness, and community service.
The government’s decision to grant prisoners a sentence reduction during this holy period reflects its commitment to promoting compassion and inclusivity within the nation. It is hoped that this act of clemency will bring joy and solace to many families during Eid-e-Milad-Un-Nabi (S.A.W) while upholding justice and security in the country.