Pakistan’s criminal justice system needs to be reworked: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan today (Thursday) asserted that Pakistan’s criminal justice system needs to be reworked as the current setup encourages crime.

Addressing the launching ceremony of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates, the prime minister said that once the culprits face punishments for their crimes, the rates would eventually fall in the country.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for reforms in the criminal justice system, saying, “A civilised society gives a message: Crime does not pay.” He further said that reforms should be aimed at facilitating common people instead of serving the elite class.

Talking about the law ministry’s initiative, he said that through it, the government has eased the work for a common man. “I consider corrections in the system when it provides relief to a common citizen,” he added.

 “The reason behind the corrective measure is to make the life of a common man easier,” he said, adding that the inheritance certificates would now be issued within 15 days. “We are trying to bring reforms and change our justice system for the better,” he said.

Reiterating his resolve for transforming Pakistan into a Madinah-like state, he said, “In the state of Madina, monarchy did not exist. The state was based on the principles of equality and justice.”

The law ministry has devised a mechanism to establish Succession Facilitation Units in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the issuance of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates within 15 days of initiation of the application by the legal heirs of the deceased.

Previously, it normally took two to seven years to get a simple Letter of Administration or Succession Certificate, however, it will now take only 15 days.