CJP seeks details of cases withdrawn under NRO

KARACHI - The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chau-dhry Thursday presided over a meeting held at Karachi Registry of Supreme Court of Pakistan. Justice Ghulam Rabbani, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chief Justice High Court Sindh also attended the meeting. They discussed the progress of implementation of Criminal cases revived after the judgment of December 16, 2009 in the case of Dr Mubashir Hassan and Roedad Khan. According to an official press release, the purpose of the meeting was to extend information and ideas improving the output and efficiency of National Accountability Courts. The meeting was also attended by Prosecutor General Sindh and MIT of High Court of Sindh. They apprised the meeting of the facts and figures of the pending and decided cases. The Chief Justice of Pakistan emphasised the need to provide speedy justice to people in order to come up to their expectations and who had attached great hopes with present superior as well as sub-ordinate courts. The Chief Justice of Pakistan called for details from Home Secretary Sindh of cases, which have been withdrawn due to promulgation of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and to send the copies of the orders passed in this regard. He issued directions to MIT, High Court of Sindh and Prosecutor General Sindh to examine the legality and propriety of those orders. As far pending cases are concerned, he directed that the same be dealt with on fast track basis for quick disposal so that backlog is reduced. The Chief Justice was informed that criminal cases, covered under PPC and other laws like Zina and Hudood and Anti-Corruption have also been revived and Courts are disposing them of expeditiously. The MIT of the High Court of Sindh and the Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan are keeping follow up of the cases. However, certain required information is being obtained and complete report shall be sent to the Chief Justice. There were nine cases in the Anti Corruption Courts out of which four have been decided and five are pending. The Chief Justice emphasised the provision of required facilities to courts, sufficient accommodation and allied facilities for their smooth working. He called for appointment of full time regular prosecutors in the courts. The Presiding Officers of Courts were advised to gear up their efforts to see that in future, no undesirable delay occurs in the conclusion of trials in cases, which need to be disposed of as per mandate of law, in letter and spirit.

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