ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that the mass trust in the current justice system is very shaken and they have hope in the ruling government to improve it.
He observed this when leading a review meeting on providing fast and cheap justice for the people and legal reforms that have so far been carried out by the current government. The meeting was attended by Minister of Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Parliamentary Affairs Advisor Dr Zahiruddin Babar Awan, Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan, Parliamentary Secretary for Law Malaika Ali Bukhari and other senior officials.
The prime minister said that to eradicate lacunas in the current justice system and ensure easy and inexpensive access to justice for the people is a fundamental component of the PTI manifesto.
The people’s hopes to improve the justice system, he said, are tied to the PTI government. The prime minister said the government’s priority was to be the voice of the weak, powerless and poor people and to ensure that they were given justice.
The prime minister is directed to overhaul the road map for reform of the criminal justice system, changes in the culture of thana, case registration, investigation, prison reform as early as possible so that its implementation can be ensured. He formed a committee composed of law ministers, advisors to parliamentary affairs and the attorney general, and directed the committee to create a time-based road map to encourage the process of legal reform as expected by the public.
The law minister explained the meeting about major reforms carried out in the justice system during the current administration, such as the initial settlement of civil cases, giving women the right to inheritance and providing legal support to weaker parts of the country.
The meeting was told that under civil procedure reform, a time had been set for the completion of cases that had been delayed for years. The process of reform and the use of technology to improve the system will bring quick and easy justice to the people who are disadvantaged.
The meeting decided to establish a new forensic laboratory in the federal capital.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed the need to continue the process of institutional reform, ensuring financial discipline to consolidate the process of stabilizing the economy while simultaneously providing the possibility of assistance to the people.
The prime minister said this when chairing a meeting to review the country’s economic situation.
Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh presented an economic review and highlighted the stabilization and improvement witnessed during the first nine months of the current financial year in macroeconomic indicators. Initial discussions about the coming budget also took place with a special focus on the need to deal with emerging situations while still paying attention to the government’s core priorities and moving the economic wheel.
Meanwhile, Imran Khan formed a committee led by Human Rights Minister Dr. Shireen Mazari to study and investigate the fate of women in prison and whether relevant rules and laws are followed or not.
The committee has been formed taking into account the situation of female detainees, whether convicted or awaiting trial, in the context of the overall gender bias that is prevalent in society in general and the problems associated with it.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Shibli Faraz also asked Imran Khan. Matters relating to the overall situation in the country were discussed during the meeting.