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Govt committed to reforming civil and criminal laws: PM

Members of the SCBA Executive Committee called on Prime Minister Imran Khan. Source: Twitter.

ISLAMABAD: Members of the Executive Committee of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Thursday and fully endorsed the government’s legal reforms agenda.

They also presented proposals for further improvement in the legal reforms process. Federal Ministers Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Dr. Farogh Naseem, Special Assistant to PM Dr. Shahbaz Gill and Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan were also present in the meeting.

The prime minister said the services of lawyer organisations were invaluable in promoting and strengthening democracy. He said that a society develops only where rule of law prevails and prosperity can only be achieved with systems based on justice and fairness.

He said that in the past, vested interests misused law and the rich and powerful class remained free from the grip of law whereas the weaker classes continued to be exploited through the misuse of law.

He emphasised that the present government was reforming civil and criminal laws so that relief could be provided to the common man. He stated that legal reforms will reduce caseload on the courts.

He said that support of lawyers’ representative bodies was required in the government’s agenda of legal reforms. He said that the government was cognizant of problems faced by lawyers and every effort will be made to resolve these.

PM Imran Khan directed immediate removal of hurdles in the establishment of housing colony for lawyers, inclusion of lawyers in Naya Pakistan Housing Program, provision of health cards, and inclusion of young lawyers in Kamyab Pakistan program.

The prime minister directed the Minister for Law to ensure regular liaison with the Bar and to resolve issues related to grants on a priority basis. Secretary Executive Committee SBCA Ahmed Shehzad Farooq Rana thanked the prime minister on behalf of the SCBA.