October 17, 2021

Fawad Chaudhry seeks time to study Criminal Law Reforms

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Fawad Chaudhry seeks time to study Criminal Law Reforms

ISLAMABAD Sep 23,2021- Two federal ministers including Federal Minister for Information  have sought time to study draft of Criminal Law Reforms.

The meeting of the Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases, chaired by Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem held today. Two agenda Items out of six were approved so as to be placed before the Cabinet.

Significant agenda item was “Criminal Law Reforms, 2021” proposed by Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem which was thoroughly discussed in the meeting. Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Ms. Zubaida Jalal and Sardar Yaar Muhammad Rind gave their suggestions. Ali Muhammad Khan sought time to study the draft. Earlier, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also had sought time to study draft. The matter has now been adjourned to next week.

Federal Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem, Law Ministry had sent the first draft to the Prime Minister in June 2021. After further consultation second draft was sent in September 2021.

About 650 amendments were proposed in the draft. These laws include the Code of Criminal Procedure, Pakistan Penal Code, Qanun-e-Shahadat Order, Control of Narcotics Act, Railways Act, The Pakistan Prisons Rules, Islamabad Capital Territory Criminal Prosecution Service and the Islamabad Capital Territory Forensic Science Agency Act.

In this regard opinions were sought from Provincial Police, Islamabad Police, Prosecutors General and Prosecution Departments, consultations were also held with lawyers, NGOs, human rights lawyers, Home Secretaries of the provinces and representatives of the Attorney General’s office, all Provincial Secretaries for Law and members of the Advocate General’s Office of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab were also consulted. Relevant reports of the Law and Justice Commission were also scrutinized from 1981 while making these amendments.

These amendments will introduce an efficient and expeditious procedure for filing FIRs and will significantly reduce the number of pending cases, the time to pursue cases will be greatly reduced, Police abuse with the public will be eradicated. These amendments will enable cases to be brought to a transparent conclusion, evidence gathering will be further improved and expedited, modern tools would be used to deliver justice.

Experts are of the view that if the amendments pertaining to Criminal Reforms, as introduced by Dr. Farogh Naseem, Law Minister, were properly implemented, it would completely overhauled the criminal justice system in Pakistan.