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Senate Body for Making Laws & Justice Commission of Pakistan more Vibrant and Dynamic
Published Date :
Aug 8,2018

The Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice has underscored the need to make Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan more vibrant and dynamic to keep under review the statutes and other laws of the country and achieve the desired objectives efficiently.  The Committee met at the Parliament House on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Senator Muhammad Javed Abbasi to review the Law and Justice Commission Ordinance 1979 in wake of existing realities and international best practices.  Members of the Committee were of the view that the Commission is highly important, however, there is need to make it more efficient by changing its composition through appropriate legislative measures.  The Committee observed that there is disconnect between Parliament and Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan for which concrete measures need to be taken.  The Committee recommended that the report of the Commission should be laid before the Parliament instead of presenting it to the government with a view to enable the Parliament to decide about legislation on matters highlighted in the report.  The Committee also sought details of the reports approved on law reforms and forwarded to the government for implementation. The Committee also took note of no career growth of the staffers of LJCP Secretariat as some staffers are waiting promotions for more than 10-15 years and directed the Secretary LJCP to furnish report in this regard.

 

The Law and Justice Commission high-ups informed that 138 reports have so far been approved out of which 39 were implemented whereas 75 could not be implemented and 22 were partly implemented.  Members of the Committee were of the view that the Commission has a huge mandate, however, the high number of non-implemented reports reflects that there are gaps in the existing procedure.  The Committee would formulate recommendations to bridge those gaps and to make the Commission vibrant, it was decided.  The Committee also discussed in details the working and performance of Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for protection against harassment of women at work place.  The Committee was informed that the scope of work of the Secretariat is limited to the harassment issues occurring at work places. 

 

The Committee emphasized the need to enhance its scope of work, however, it sought details of harassment cases reported during last three years and decisions given in this regard.  The Committee also considered a public petition regarding necessity of legislation with regard to ban on burial without death certificate and directed call Chairman NADRA in the next meeting. 

 

The meeting was attended by Senators Ayesha Raza Farooq, Ch. Muhammad Sarwar, Ms. Sana Jamali, Muhammad Ali Khan Saif and Ghous Muhammad Khan.  Secretary Law & Justice and senior officers of the relevant department were also present. 

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