HIV postive Zambian woman prisoner dies in Pakistan jail

An imprisoned Zambian woman convicted for 15 months over smuggling has died in a Pakistan hospital jail Pakistan media reports that Karolin, 39, had been imprisoned at the Women’s Prison since September 29. The Anti-Narcotics Force of Pakistan had recovered drugs from her possession and arrested her from the Jinnah International Airport on her arrival from Zambia. The court had fined her and sentenced her 15 months in prison. Prisons Inspector General Ghulam Qadir Thebu told Daily Times that the inmate was HIV-positive. “Her condition was critical and I had written to the government to condone her and send her back to her country,” Thebu added. Women’s Prison Jailer Abida Sami confirmed the convict’s death in CHK’s Aids Ward and said she was brought to the hospital twice or thrice a week, as she was in the final stage of her disease. “She gave birth to a stillborn baby on Thursday. And since her own condition was critical, she passed away on Monday,” Sami added. The bodies of the woman and her baby have been moved to the Edhi morgue in Sohrab Goth.

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