Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that reforming criminal justice system and ensuring access to “easy and speedy” justice to the citizens is the central plank of PTI’s government agenda and the government is committed to put in place a mechanism that facilitates the citizens as well as the judiciary in speedy dispensation of justice.
The Prime Minister said this while chairing a briefing on Ministry of Law & Justice here at Prime Minister’s Chamber today.
Minister for Law & Justice Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem, Finance Minister Mr. Asad Umar, Advisor to PM Mr. Shehzad Arbab, Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Maleeka Ali Bokhari, Secretary Law and senior officials were present during the briefing.
Minister for Law Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem made a detailed presentation on civil litigation reforms identifying various procedural and legal lacunas in the existing justice system which caused inordinate delay in provision of justice to the people. He also identified various steps including the need for establishment of an Evidence Commission, streamlining the Alternate Dispute Resolution and Arbitration system through legal framework and various amendments that need to be undertaken in various laws such as Anti-Terrorism Act, NAB law, Pre-emption laws, Rent laws and others to ensure that the laws and legal procedures are not misused to obstruct justice and serve to facilitate the common citizens.
The Law Minister also briefed the Prime Minister about criminal laws and highlighted the need for employment of technological solution for better investigation and prosecution in criminal cases.
The Law Minister assured the Prime Minister that a comprehensive reform package carrying the future Plan of Action with delineated timelines would be finalized within the first 100 days of the present government as per the promise made by the Prime Minister to the nation.
Chief Executive Ashmore Group Mr. Mark Coombs along with his delegation called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad today. Adviser to Prime Minister Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood and Chairman BOI Mr. Haroon Sharif were present during the meeting.
Ashmore is a specialist Emerging Markets investment manager with over twenty-five years’ experience. The Group has also made investments in healthcare, power and telecom sectors as well as waste management in different parts of the world.
The Chief Executive of Ashmore Group apprised the Prime Minister about his company’s investment in the metal can manufacturing plant for beverages in Faisalabad. The company is also training locals in the manufacturing plant. Mr. Mark said that his company is keen for further investment in Pakistan as it is an ideal time for investment in the country. The Chief Executive expressed his desire for establishing three commercial hospitals in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi in collaboration with King’s College London.
Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated the investment made by Ashmore in Pakistan and welcomed the plan of the company to establish three hospitals in the country.
The Prime Minister said that the government is determined to facilitate the foreign investors for investment in diverse areas of Pakistan’s socio-economic, energy and financial sectors while ensuring security of their investments.