Pakistan’s progress linked to rule of law, says PM Imran

Says govt to massively amend civil and criminal laws which will bring revolution in justice delivery: Seeks report into clash between police and protesters

By: News Desk
Published: 02:24 PM, 27 Jan, 2022
Pakistan’s progress linked to rule of law, says PM Imran
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Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday that the government was going to amend the British-era laws to spur dispensation of justice as the country could not make progress if there was no rule of law, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The prime minister while terming effective dispensation of justice as the State’s responsibility declared that the government’s reforms in the civil and criminal procedure code would ensure speedy justice.

While addressing a ceremony in Islamabad on Criminal Law and Justice Reforms, Imran Khan said the massive amendments would help bring revolution in the criminal justice system and simplify the procedure for the common man in the 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 dispensation of justice.

He said no government in the past ever thought about reforming the century-old laws in order to maintain 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 law was made for mandatory dispensation of budget to 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 card, bank accounts etc of an absconder, he added.

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

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

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

PM tweet on police-MQM clash

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.