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Dated: 8-September-2013

A meeting of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) was held today in the Committee Room, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad. Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman, LJCP chaired the meeting. In his introductory remarks Hon’ble Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stated that a strong judicial system ensures upholding of rights of the people through fair application of laws and that our procedural laws require modernization in the wake of advancement to address the challenges of changing social values.
The meeting was attended by the Hon’ble members of the Commission including Mr. Muneer A. Malik, Attorney General for Pakistan, Mr. Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court, Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice, High Court of Balochistan, Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court, Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Chief Justice, Islamabad High Court, Mr. Justice Faisal Arab, Judge, High Court of Sindh, Mr. Justice (R) Muhammad Raza Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. Members of the Commission namely Mr. Justice (R) Ghulam Rabbani, Former Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Abid Hassan Minto, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan and Ms. Khawar Mumtaz, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Islamabad also attended.

Mr. Justice Mohammad Azam Khan, Chief Justice Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Justice Rana Muhammad Arshid Khan, Chief Judge, Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit Baltistan, Mr. Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, Chief Justice, High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Mr. Justice Sahib Khan, Chief Judge, Chief Court of Gilgit-Baltistan also attended the meeting on special invitation.

The Commission observed that though the cases of customers of the financial institutions whose cheques are dishonoured do not fall under the purview of section 489-F PPC but they are still prosecuted under the general law. Therefore, in order to check misuse of section 489-F PPC against customers of financial institutions, the Commission recommended amendment in the said section to exclude the customers of financial institutions from its operation.

The Commission recommended amendment in the West Pakistan Maternity Ordinance 1958 to restrict the employers to ask their women employees to do any work which is of an arduous nature or which involves long hours of standing. The Commission was of the view that this amendment will facilitate working ladies during pregnancy and after giving birth to a child.

In order to check false and frivolous complaints and abuse of provisions of Illegal Dispossession Act 2005, the Commission recommended imposition of compensatory cost on the complainants who misuse the process of law by filing false and frivolous applications under the said Act. The Commission also recommended amendment to the Special Courts (Offences in Banks) Ordinance 1984 to provide right of appeal against acquittal. Besides, the Commission also considered various proposals and referred the same for reconsideration and input of relevant stakeholders.
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