Islamabad, May 23, 2012 (PPI-OT): In Pakistan Judiciary is a fully independent institution and the incumbent Government, in collaboration with judiciary, is taking number of steps to improve the administration of justice in the country. These views were expressed by Federal Law Minister Farooq H.Naek in a meeting with Ms. Gebriela Knaul, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of Judges and Lawyers.
He said that by passing 18th and 19th amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan. Government has minimized the role of executive in the appointment of judges. He also added that the President is of the view that financial independence of judiciary must also be insured and the judges must get handsome salaries and facilities to get them free from financial constraints.
Moreover, he said that increasing the number of judges is most important factor in improving the administration of justice in Pakistan. Due to shortage of judges there is a huge backlog of cases and jails are flooded with under trial prisoner. Therefore, he is working on establishment of evening and mobile courts to finish this backlog of cases and to ensure speedy justice.
He also added that “Public Defender Office Bill” has been presented in the Parliament. Under it a Public Defender Office will be established at district level which will provide legal assistance to the people who cannot afford the fees of the lawyers.
He also told her that a draft bill regarding the abolishment of death penalty is also under preparatory stages at Ministry of Law. This bill proposes that death penalty should be abolished in “Tazir” cases, while it must stay intact in case which comes under the purview of “Hadd”.
He also informed her that Law Ministry also gives grants-in-aid to the Bar Associations/Councils, so that they can improve that infrastructure and facilities, and perform their effective role in administration of justice.
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