Criminal Law & Justice Reforms to benefit common man: PM

PM emphasizes to develop alternative tourism destinations in country


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday terming effective dispensation of justice as the State’s responsibility said the government’s reforms in the civil and criminal procedure code would ensure speedy justice.

Addressing here at an event on Criminal Law and Justice Reforms, the prime minister said the massive amendments would help bring revolution in the criminal justice system and simplify the procedure for the common man in a way to justice.

The prime minister said for the first time, the government was making changes in the law made in British rule to bring improvement to the dispensation of justice.

He said no government in the past ever thought about reforming the century-old laws to maintain the status quo and accommodate the elite.

He said the civil law reforms were a step towards ensuring rule of law in line with Islam’s first socio-welfare State of Medina.

He quoted a hadith of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) emphasizing that many earlier nations were destroyed where there were separate laws for the powerful and the weak.

Imran Khan said ensuring the rule of law would encourage foreign investors and overseas Pakistanis to invest their money in Pakistan.

Federal Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem said the criminal procedure code needed a change as per requirements and mentioned that over 700 amendments had completely overhauled the existing legal system.

He mentioned that the formation of a statute of an independent prosecution service, forensic laboratory and prison rules were significant reforms.

He said the law was made for mandatory dispensation of budget to the police station to meet the expenses of investigation, besides deputing sub-inspector at police stations with preferably bachelor degree.

He said the trial judge would be made answerable before the High Court for not finalizing the case in nine months. The court can freeze any documents including identity cards, bank accounts etc of an absconder, he added.

He urged the lawyers to support the reform of electronic recording of witnesses, whether in any language, to ensure accuracy and expedition of cases.

In cases of personal offenses including murder or rape, the maker of the video will not be made mandatory to appear before the law to render witness as proof of the incident, he said.

He emphasized the implementation of civil law reforms with an effective role of judiciary, benches and prosecutors and investigators.

Parliamentary Secretary Maleeka Bokahri said over 700 amendments made in the criminal procedure code were a milestone of the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and would ensure prompt delivery of justice.

She said for decades, powerful people took advantage of the loopholes in the law, however, the reforms would provide support to the poor seeking justice.

Further, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to develop alternative tourism destinations in the country to divert flow of tourists from the existing busy tourist places in the northern areas, especially in the winter season.

Talking to Special Assistant on Tourism Coordination Azam Jamil in Islamabad on Thursday, he underlined that Pakistan is gifted with natural beauty and we need to improve tourism facilitation including development of infrastructure and housing.

The Prime Minister also directed to rehabilitate Governor House Nathia Gali in order to develop it into high-end tourist destination, especially for the state guests.

He emphasized on involving private sector for promotion of tourism in the country. Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed formulating a comprehensive policy within one month to ensure maximum service delivery to around nine million overseas Pakistanis.

Talking to Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Tariq ul Hasan in Islamabad on Thursday, he said overseas Pakistanis are a valuable asset of the country.

The Prime Minister also directed establishing eight overseas centers to provide one window facility for the provision of different services to overseas Pakistanis under one roof.

Adding to this, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday took notice of the violence by Sindh police against the peaceful sit-in of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) and sought a report over the incident that led to the killing of a protestor.

“I have taken note of the violence used by Sindh police against MQM’s peaceful protest against Sindh’s LG law, & have called for a report from Interior Ministry, Sindh Chief Minister & Sindh Inspector General,” he said in a tweet.

The prime minister said action would be taken against the responsible persons in light of the findings of the report.

“Will take necessary action against those responsible after receiving these reports,” he said.

According to reports, a worker of MQM-P was killed and several others, including women, were injured when police fired tear gas and resorted to baton-charge on their sit-in outside Chief Minister House against the recently passed controversial local government law on Wednesday evening.


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