Ministry of Law Proposes 869 Amendments to Various Laws

To ensure speedy delivery of justice, the Ministry of Law has proposed 869 amendments to various legislations.

According to reports, the Minister of Justice Farogh Naseem wrote to Prime Minister Imran Khan elaborating proposed amendments to the Criminal Code, Penal Code Pakistan, the law of evidence, Drug Prevention Act, Railway Act, laws of Pakistan jails, and Islamabad Capital Territory Criminal Prosecution Act and the Islamabad Capital Territory Forensic Science Agency Act.

Barrister Farogh Naseem said that 225 central and 644 sub-amendments have been proposed which are part of the government’s efforts to reform the law in general while also focusing on criminal justice.

According to the Ministry of Law, all provincial police chiefs, Islamabad police, provincial prosecutor generals, representatives of the capital’s lawyers, NGOs, human rights volunteers, the four provincial home secretaries, and the attorney general’s representatives were consulted regarding the amendments. The changes have been finalized, and are aimed at providing quick justice.

The statement further said that a new procedure for registration of First Information Report (FIR) has also been introduced which will protect the people from police repression.

The Law Ministry hopes the proposed laws will eliminate court adjournments, ensure transparency in decisions and improve evidence gathering.

According to the statement, Farogh Naseem had submitted the first draft of criminal law reform to the Prime Minister in June, and this is the second draft. 

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