Over the past year, Law Ministry has drafted a total of twenty-two legislation with the objective of ensuring rapid justice for the individuals and enhancing the judicial system’s effectiveness.
This was indicated on Wednesday at a news conference by Law Minister Farogh Naseem along with Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan and Parliamentary Law Secretary Malika Bukhari in Islamabad, exchanging information of the Law Ministry’s one-year performance.
The Law Minister said seven of the bills have already been passed while the remaining seven to eight are being passed in front of the standing committees or the National Assembly. He said eight ordinances were also implemented.
The Law Minister said we have also formulated a bill that will ensure issuance of succession certificate to the people in a matter of fifteen days.
He said our Whistle blower act envisages reward of 20 per cent for those who would help recover illegal wealth. He said under this act, the name of information provider will be kept secret. He said the women protection bill will ensure right of women of in heritance.
The Law Minister said there is also a Legal Aid and Justice Authority bill which will provide free legal aid to the poor people including women and children.
He said the Mutual Legal Assistance Bill will regulate the procedure for rendering and soliciting mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.
Farogh Naseem said Pakistan Code envisaging eight hundred and forty eight laws have been uploaded on the website of the law ministry and the people now can easily access it. He said this is a first step towards provision of justice to the people at their doorsteps.
He said an app has also been prepared which will contain the archives of the last seventy two years.
The Law Minister said amendments in the NAB laws are also being considered. He said the power of bail will be granted to the trial court under the amendments. In addition it will be ensured that nobody could abuse the plea bargain or voluntary return options.
In her remarks, Firdous Ashiq Awan said the people had voted the PTI to power to break the status quo and bring change in their lives.
She said the law ministry introduced the law reforms in line with the requirements of the nation.
Parliamentary Secretary for Law Malika Malika Ali Bukhari said the law ministry has also prepared a five year women protection plan to provide justice to women.
She said this plan envisages fifty five steps for the welfare of the women folk. He said under this plan, a detailed asset and burn crime bill and Christian divorce bill will also be formulated.