Amended criminal law bill sent to PM

Farogh reaffirms one of ministry’s jobs is to establish new courts


Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem said on Thursday the ministry had forwarded the amended criminal law bill to the Prime Minister Office for further consideration.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered to make amendments in the criminal law. “The ministry painstakingly prepared the amendment bill and forwarded it to the premier.”

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the new Federal Tribunal Complex, the minister said that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had started to deliver Succession Certificate (for movable properties) and Letters of Administration (for immovable properties) within 15 days.

He added that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in Sindh had copied the law made by the federal government.

A day earlier, the law minister had stressed the need for amending its existing laws and that the political parties had to legislate after ending political differences.

"We have to point out our shortcomings for national defence and also needs to change international agreements," he added.

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On Thursday, addressing a ceremony, the minister repeated the assertion, saying the job of the law ministry was to provide facilities to the people and to legislate, including the establishment of new courts.

He said that ever since he took the charge of the ministry, around 150 references were filed on daily basis. “If these cases were not disposed of on daily basis, how many cases would be pending?” he questioned.

He informed that the law ministry had set up a new Federal Tribunal Complex for expeditious delivery of justice to the people in which Environmental Complex, Customs Appellate Tribunals, Medical Tribunal and NEPRA Tribunal would function.

He said that the tribunal set up in Rose Plaza G-10 Islamabad had a staff of about 120 including the chairman and members who were carrying out important work.

He said that the building of the Federal Judicial Complex was completed in 2013 in which various courts were functioning. He said that after the establishment of new courts, Federal Tribunal Complex had been set up in which other tribunals would also be shifted soon.

Barrister Farogh Naseem said that the ministry’s job was to give full support to the government and the people.

He said that the present government had enacted a law to provide facilities to the people during the last three years as obtaining a succession certificate was a very difficult task.