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Certain NGOs just wasting money of the West: law minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Law Muhammad Farogh Naseem on Tuesday said the government of Pakistan will support all the genuine non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that were working in Pakistan, but there were certain NGOs that were just wasting money of the West and not helping in any cause and, therefore they were not supported. He said this during the meeting with seven-member delegation of European Parliament Committee for Relations with South Asia under the leadership of Jean Lambert, while the issue of extending…

Law minister calls for devising mechanism to control public sector companies

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law Barrister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem and Finance Minister Asad Umar on Friday held a meeting for devising a mechanism for control of Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs). The federal minister for law and justice said there were two types of public sector companies in Pakistan such as incorporated companies, under the companies' laws of Pakistan, and statutory corporations, which were created through statutes. "Currently, all the PSEs are under administrative control of the federal…

Law minister calls for proposals to protect women in criminal justice system

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem along with Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Barrister Maleeka Bukhari held a meeting on Monday to develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring protection of women in criminal justice system. The meeting that was held to seek suggestions from all the concerned stakeholders was attended by officials from provincial law departments, home departments and police departments. Maleeka Bukhari presented various proposals including secondary legislation on…

Law minister stresses on use of technology during investigation process

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem emphasised on the use of electronic devices during the investigation process. The federal minister on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the task force on criminal procedure code reforms constituted by the cabinet. He said that miscarriage and delay in justice cannot be curtailed without the use of technological support including electronic support, e-mail data, CCTV footage, and such other technological methodology in vogue in the West. Therefore, the minister…

Law minister proposes establishing authority to provide free legal aid

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the committee constituted by the federal government to prepare a set of recommendations for setting up a new legal aid mechanism for the poor and vulnerable segment of the society. The law minister suggested to constitute a Central Legal Aid Authority with sub-committees at provincial levels to provide free legal aid to deserving litigants who might otherwise not be able to defend their genuine legal rights or interests due to…

Law minister suggests developing dispute settlement mechanism with China

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farogh Naseem on Monday suggested developing a dispute settlement mechanism between Pakistan and China. In a meeting with China’a Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, the law minister said that disputes between Chinese and Pakistani businessmen, whether pertaining to CPEC or otherwise, should be settled amicably. He said that a special dispute resolution mechanism should be agreed between the two countries in matters where an amicable consensus is not reached. This arbitral…

Law minister bans foreign visits of ministry officers

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem on Monday imposed a ban on officers of the ministry from all foreign tours. The newly-appointed federal minister assumed charge and was warmly welcomed by senior officers of the ministry. He stated that the slow pace of work at the ministry would not be tolerated. Law Secretary Justice (retd) Abdul Shakoor Paracha briefed the minister on the affairs of the ministry and the challenges on the national and international legal front. The federal minister…

National Assembly session must be convened by August 15: minister

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Law Minister Barrister Ali Zafar on Friday said that the session of the National Assembly must be convened by August 15 under the constitution. The federal minister said that the session could be convened on August 13 or 14. The inaugural session will hold the oath-taking by MNA-elects, while independent candidates will be given time to decide their party affiliation. This will be followed by the election of the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker, and ultimately the Leader of the House who will be the…

Caretaker govt, ECP striving to conduct peaceful elections: Law minister tells Senate

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Law Minister Barrister Ali Zafar on Saturday said the interim government and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) are striving to ensure peaceful conduct of general elections. Winding up discussion on the motion regarding law and order and political situation in the Senate, the federal minister said the political parties and other segments of the society should support the caretaker government and the ECP in this regard. He said the nation should stand united at this juncture and foil the sordid…

Nehal Hashmi not guilty of contempt of court: Punjab law minister

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday said former Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Nehal Hashmi was not guilty of contempt of court, ARY News reported. "Nehal Hashmi had sought unconditional apology for his act. His conduct was a criminal act rather than a contempt of court," he said talking to media outside Punjab Assembly. This should be noted that the Supreme Court has disqualified Nehal Hashmi for five years on grounds of his fiery speech in Karachi against judiciary. The top court through a…