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Pakistan committed to Women Empowerment Farogh Naseem tells US State Dept officials

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Barrister Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem has said that Pakistan is committed to women empowerment to the State Department Officials during a meeting, ARY News reported.

US state department working in collaboration with the Asia Foundation met with the Minister yesterday and was headed by Mr. Ted Craig, Head of the Political Section at US Consulate along with Ms. Haley Smith from US State Department, Ms. Erin Kimsley from US Consulate and Mr. Hamza Kamran from The Asia Foundation.

The members of the delegation apprised the Law Minister about their Project of Mainstreaming Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Equitable Access to Justice in Pakistan.

The Foundation is working on similar ADR projects in 18 countries and mainly in Punjab and Sindh provinces in Pakistan.

The visiting officials told the Law Minister that their main focus was on mediation in family cases and non-compoundable offenses.

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Dr. Farogh Naseem on the occasion said: “our courts need support,” and suggested that separate ADR tribunals could be created for commercial, civil and land disputes.

He also discussed the possibility of a pilot project for Islamabad and Karachi in this regard. Law Minister told the visiting officials about the proposed law reforms that are supposed to help resolve succession matters in a span of 15 days instead of 7 to 8 years.

Naseem added that the Government in place has a woman empowered regime and was working to make sure women’s property rights are ensured through Women’s property laws introduced by the Government.

He said while personal human rights were important, economic rights of the people are equally significant.

He further stated that a system through a public-private partnership may be created where people from around the world would constitute panels of arbitrators and mediators.

The Law Minister told the visiting officials that Pakistan and the United States have a history of close ties and the relations between the two countries can further be strengthened through people to people contact and mutual assistance on projects like Women Empowerment.

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