SC orders probe into prison polio claim

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered an investigation after a female prisoner serving a sentence for murder claimed her daughter had contracted polio in the jail, officials said Wednesday.

Convict Naseeban Katoon says her daughter, who lives with her in Karachi central prison, was not given polio vaccination drops and caught the crippling virus, Assistant Advocate General of Sindh province Qasim Mir told AFP.

The apex court has ordered an inquiry into the case and instructed all the provinces to disclose whether polio drops were being administered in their prisons, Mir said.

Katoon first raised the issue in 2009 when she applied for permission to take her daughter out of the prison for treatment.

Shafi Mohammad Chandio, Additional Advocate General for the province, said the court sought a reply from officials in Sindh within 15 days.

“The Sindh police chief has told us in writing that he has already started an investigation into whether the prison doctor had administered polio drops to the girl,” he said.

A senior Sindh official said on condition of anonymity that there were very few children in prison, and vaccination teams did not visit them since they lacked data about child inmates.