Nisar approves revamping of criminal justice system

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ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Minister for Interior, Chaudhry
Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday accorded approval for revamping criminal justice system in view of low conviction rate of criminals and terrorists from courts because of weaker prosecution and investigations.

In this regard, he approved formation of Federal Core Group
as recommended in a high level meeting chaired by Secretary Ministry of Interior.

The Core Group comprises stakeholders from Federal as well as Provincial governments, civil society, political parties and
international organizations working on criminal justice system reforms in Pakistan.

The Federal Core Group would have sub committees of provincial governments.

The sub committees would submit their recommendations to
Federal Core Group bringing in a broader consensus for tangible solution to nest the reformation in Criminal Justice System of Pakistan.

The Minister asserted, “Terrorist attacks, violence and
loopholes in existing criminal justice system demands greater
commitment from state to ensure harsher punishment for
terrorists, and anti state elements.”

Ch. Nisar observed that a consensus on speedy and logical
reformation of criminal justice system on four key aspects Police, Prosecution, Courts, Corrections Prisons, Parole, Probation must be undertaken on emergency basis.

He directed National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) to
coordinate core issue of justice system under its mandated National Action Plan (NAP), with a precise objective of infusing reforms in criminal justice system.

He directed to ensure that reformation objectives are
swiftly achieved in a given timeframe with clear working
guidelines, Federal Core Group should also review previous work done on Criminal Justice System by judiciary, and foreign entities helping us to establish a way forward and achieve reformation target in minimum possible time.