Islamabad, June 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Representatives of PML(N) Lawyers Forum called on Federal Law Minister, Zahid Hamid today. The delegation was led by Mr. Naseer Ahmad Bhutta, President PML(N) Lawyers Forum Pakistan. Delegates from all provinces and Gilgit – Baltistan were present in the meeting.
The Law Minister told the delegation that Prime Minister has ordered strict implementation of the PML(N) Manifesto, 2013. In this regard Law Ministry is preparing a Plan of Action to implement the salient features of the Manifesto relating to the provision of speedy and inexpensive justice at the door step of the common man and measures to curb corruption and ensure proper accountability of all public office holders.
In this connection he said that legal reforms would be introduced to simplify procedures so that delays are reduced and disposal of cases is accelerated. Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism would be promoted and the role of Ombudsman would be strengthened.
The Law Minister also informed the participants that proposal for the revival of village panchayat system and establishment of courts at municipal and union level are also being considered.
The Ministry would shortly initiate a comprehensive exercise to review and update the Pakistan Code. He also said that all proposed legislation will be uploaded on the website of Ministry of Law and Justice, in order to seek public consultation through suggestions and comments. The idea is to develop broad-based consensus to facilitate enforcement of these laws.
He also sought cooperation, support and active participation from the lawyers for the implementation of all these legal reforms.
The delegation thanked the Law Minister for arranging his first official meeting with the representatives of lawyers. They expressed their full confidence in the Law Minister and assured him of their full support and cooperation.
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