CJP shows displeasure on the slow disposal rates of the Drug Courts

Islamabad Politics Report/Moazzam Raza Tabassam: Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman NJPMC showed displeasure on the slow disposal rates of the Drug Courts and observed that none of the courts have achieved a satisfactory disposal rate and firmly directed that the rate of disposal may be brought up to 60% within the next three months, to wipe out the pendency of cases.

CJP furthermore cautioned that under performers would be strictly dealt with.

Former CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was expressed its serious concern over the varied reports of convictions by drugs courts,Faisalabad, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Multan and Gujranwala, functioning in Punjab.

The concern was shown  after a special report of the convictions by the six drug courts was presented, showing the Multan court had merely imposed meagre fines on offenders in nine out of 10 cases of fake medicines last month. The court acquitted the accused in the 10th case.

A Meeting of all the Chairpersons, Drug Courts in Pakistan was held Tuseday (Today) under the Chairmanship of Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Chief Justice of Pakistan / Chairman National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC)in the Committee Room of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad for reviewing performance of the said courts.

The meeting was convened by the Dr. Muhammad Raheem Awan, Secretary Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP).Mrs. AzraPerveen Qureshi, Chairperson, Drug Court, Lahore, Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim Asghar, Chairman, Drug Court, Bahawalpur, Mr. Chaudhry Muhammad ilyas, Chairman, Drug Court,Faisalabad, Mr. Syed Asghar Ali, Chairman, Drug Court, Gujranwala, Mr. Waseem-ur-Rehman KhanKhakwani, Chairman, Drug Court, Multan, Mr. Muhammad YarGondal, Chairman, Drug Court, Rawalpindi, Mr. Imdad Hussain Khoso, Chairman, Drug Court, Karachi, Mr. Mohammad Tariq, Chairman, Drug Court, Peshawar, Mr. Mehta Rajesh NathKohli, Chairman, Drug Court, Quetta, Mr. Ghulam TaqiSajid, Chairman, Drug Court, Islamabad and Mr. Khalid Teepu Rana, Director General (Human Right Cell) Supreme Court of Pakistan attended the meeting. On special iniviationKhawaja Daud Ahmad, Additional Registrar (Administration) Supreme Court of Pakistan also attended the meeting.

Dr. Muhammad Raheem Awan, Secretary LJCP presented the institution, pendency and disposal figures of the Drug Courts during January to June 2018. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman NJPMC showed displeasure on the slow disposal rates of the Drug Courts and observed that none of the courts have achieved a satisfactory disposal rate and firmly directed that the rate of disposal may be brought up to 60% within the next three months, to wipe out the pendency of cases. He furthermore cautioned that under performers would be strictly dealt with.

The out going PML-N Punjab government was intended to have the Drug Act 1976 and other relevant laws amended to plug legal loopholes being exploited by the producers and sellers of fake medicines.

In NJPMC meeting today, The Chairmen Drug Courts informed that accelerated disposal could not be achieved mainly due to the reason that the requisite staff and members of the Drug Courts are not available. Upon this, the Chairman NJPMC stated that shortage of staff etc. should not be an impediment in the dispensation of justice.

However, the Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman NJPMC further directed the Secretary LJCP to examine the Drug Laws in Pakistan for suggesting amendments therein for expeditious disposal of cases, moreover, also directed that the relevant ministries and high courts should be requested to make available resources to the Drug Courts. He further directed Khawaja Daud Ahmad, Additional Registrar (Administration) Supreme Court of Pakistan to also chalk out the problems of the Drug Courts and contact the relevant authorities for their immediate redressal.

 

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