Punjab cabinet approves closure of six anti-terrorism courts

By: News Desk      Published: 11:14 PM, 13 Aug, 2020
Punjab cabinet approves closure of six anti-terrorism courts
An ant-terrorism court in Lahore.–File photo

The Punjab cabinet on Thursday approved the closure of six anti-terrorism courts in the province. 

Anti-terrorism courts with low number of cases are being closed on the direction of the Lahore High Court (LHC). Two anti-terrorism courts are being closed in Lahore and Gujranwala each and one each in Rawalpindi and Multan. 

Also, the Punjab cabinet approved amendments to the Sugar Mills Control Act in order to control sugar prices. According to the amendments, sugar mills will be bound to issue farmers printed receipts and start sugarcane crushing on time. Sugar mills could be fined on a per day basis for not starting sugarcane crushing on time. Authorities will have the powers to impose a fine up to Rs5 million per day over delay in sugarcane crushing. 

At the cabinet meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, the first special education policy of the province was also approved. The education department has made the first such policy in 17 years. 

Also, it was decided that secretaries and officers of 16 provincial departments will sit at the Southern Punjab Secretariat and people’s complaints and issues relating to these departments would be addressed at the Southern Punjab Secretariat. Additional chief secretaries will also have powers of chief secretaries.