Islamabad : The federal government has decided to drastically overhaul the country’s criminal laws.
Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the measure while chairing a meeting on system changes.
Following the ratification of the proposed changes, mobile phone footage, photographs, voice recordings, and current technologies would be recognised as evidence in cases.
“The government will not issue an ordinance. The latest suggested revisions would help the average person “Federal Law and Justice Minister Forogh Naseem urged opposition parties to back the administration.
“It was determined to enact a new statute establishing an independent prosecutor’s office in the model of the United States and the United Kingdom. Through the revision of current legislation, the country’s police and judicial systems would undergo significant transformation.”
According to Farogh Naseem, Prime Minister Imran Khan has authorised the introduction of new legislation as well as amendments to current criminal laws.
In a video message, the law minister stated that he briefed Prime Minister Khan on more than 600 issues. He believes that a bachelor’s degree should be required to become a SHO across the country.
According to him, the federal cabinet would accept these revisions next week. These constitutional modifications would later be introduced in Parliament.
The law minister went on to say that if a FIR is not registered, an applicant can visit the SP, who is obligated to process their plea. Cases must be resolved within nine months, he said, adding that if the responsible judge fails to give a judgement within that time frame, they would be held accountable to the appropriate high court, which will initiate disciplinary proceedings for non-completion of the trial.
According to Farogh Naseem, the government would provide funding to police stations around the country for stationary, transportation, and other required expenditures.
Acting on customs such as walking on fire or burning cinders to establish innocence, according to the law minister, will be a serious offence.
In the case of ordinary offences, he stated that a sentence of up to five years may be reduced to six months through a plea deal. However, he stated that the option of a plea bargain will not be accessible in situations of murder, rape, terrorism, treason, and other serious offences.
If the proposed revisions are implemented, evidence from mobile phone film, pictures, voice recordings, or any modern gadget will be admissible in court, he added, adding that forensic laboratory testing would be eased.