1,511 juveniles languishing in jails

LAHORE - Members of the Lahore High Court Bar Association have expressed deep concern on a report appearing in a section of the press that a total 1,511 juveniles were languishing in Pakistani jails as on July 31st 2009. Reportedly 80 per cent of these children were kept in jail for minor crimes. The Lahore High Court Bar Association has constituted three committees, Prisoners Aid & Jail Reforms Committee (Chairman Rao Nasim Haider Khan, Co-Chairperson Shamsa Ali), Human Rights Committee Chairman (Rafi Raza Kharal, Co-Chairperson Imrana Parveen Baloch), Free Legal Aid Committee (Chairperson & Former President LHCBA, Justice (r) Fakharun Nisa Khokar & Co-Chairman AW Butt). The members of all these committee have volunteered to look into the pitiable condition of the minors suffering hardships in captivity. They have under taken to assist in conducting their speedy trials under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000. They will also seek their relocation in better conditions under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000 with the cooperation of the home department and the prison authorities. Five judicial officers, 6 assistant registrars transferred and posted Chief Justice Lahore High (LHC) Court has made transfer and posting among five judicial officers and six assistant registrars of LHC. According to a notification issued on Friday, District & Sessions Judge Ch Mazhar Hussain Minhas was transferred and posted from OSD LHC to Islamabad. It may be recalled that he was elevated as additional judge LHC from D&SJ during the tenure of Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar but later removed under July 31 judgment of Supreme Court of Pakistan. Another D&SJ was transferred and posted from Islamabad to Lahore. A Civil Judge, OSD LHC Tariq Khurshid Khawaja was transferred and posted at Mandi Baha-ud-Din against an existing vacancy. Two Civil Judge-cum-Judicial Magistrates Akram-ul-Haq was transferred and posted from Wazirabad to Kehror Lal Esan and Muhammad Tariq Ayub from Sadiqabad to Liaqatpur. According to another notification, Assistant Registrars Ijaz Ahmad was transferred and posted from Criminal Branch to Civil-I Branch, Muhammad Yousaf Shaheen from Civil-I Branch to Criminal Branch, Irfan Ahmad Niazi from Punjab Judicial Academy to Building Branch, Syed Javed Hussain Shah from Building Branch to Commercial Branch, Idrees Ahmad from Writ-I Branch to Commercial Branch and Abdul Shakoor from Urgent Cell to Writ-I Branch.

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