Legal Reforms to change lives of vulnerable: Farogh Naseem

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ISLAMABAD, Apr 26 (APP):Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem said the Legal Reform Bills, expected to be introduced in the parliament next week, will change the lives of the vulnerable.

He was talking to the Chairperson of Poverty Alleviation Coordination Council Dr. Sania Nishtar during a meeting on Friday, said a news release.

Law Minister and Dr. Nishtar discussed the implementation of Ehsaas Program’s interventions and Policy Actions. The Program is a special initiative of the Prime Minister for poverty alleviation.

Dr. Sania Nishtar told the Law Minister the Program needs to be owned by all the ministries and the departments of the government as it has various elements that need collaboration of the ministries and divisions with the Poverty Alleviation Division.

Dr. Farogh Naseem explained to Dr. Sania Nishtar, how the legal reform package was meant to change the lives of weak and vulnerable sections of the society.

He said that Legal Aid and Justice Authority will help the women and children involved in criminal cases.

Previously District Judges had the authority to make decisions regarding Legal Aid. “We are working to make it more accessible to vulnerable women and children”, the minister said.

He further said the upcoming legislation would ensure that the women were not deprived of their property rights and Women Ombudsman would take notice of any such case and deal it as a civil suit.

He said Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates would be linked up with NADRA to help the legal heirs of the deceased.

He apprised Dr. Sania Nishtar regarding Whistleblower Protection Act, Mutual Legal Assistance and amendments expected in the Civil Procedure, in order cut the length of the civil suits.

He said the legislation aimed to fight injustice and inequality. Dr. Sania Nishtar commended the work of the Law Ministry and told the Law Minister these initiatives would help weak and vulnerable as poverty was often result of injustice in the society.

Secretary Law Retd. Justice Abdul Shakoor Paracha and Secretary Poverty Alleviation Division Ms. Shaista Sohail were also present during the meeting.