Sindh to make amendments in criminal law

Karachi: The Sindh Government has decided to amend the criminal law of the land to lessen the burden of under-trial prisoners on the judiciary and prisons in the province.

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According to Sindh Law and Environment Adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the policing and jail rules would be amended so that lodging of the First Information Report (FIR) by the police after an alleged crime should not lead to arrest of an honourable citizen named in the FIR.

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The amendments are being finalised to present them in the Sindh Assembly for passage after their approval from the provincial cabinet.

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Barrister Wahab, who also acts as the spokesman for Sindh government, said that after the proposed amendments the police would arrest an accused person only after presence of concrete evidence against him or her.

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He said the amendments were aimed at protecting the dignity and respect of the honourable citizens who otherwise had to face the humiliation of immediate arrest if police lodged a criminal case against them.

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He said that police after the amendments would arrest only hardened criminals or the persons who posed an obvious threat to the safety and security of the society.

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Old system

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He said that respectable citizens and their families had often became victims of the decades-old policing system as after lodging of the FIR the imprisonment of the people nominated in it become prolonged due to delay in securing bail from the court.

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Sindh Law adviser recalled the globally practised principle of the criminal justice system that no accused person was arrested till proving of the allegations pending against him or her but the situation in Pakistan is altogether different to this norm.

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He said the prisons in the country had been full of such under-trial prisoners who had to face imprisonment owing to the cases related to minor offences pending against them.

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