New courtrooms drive expenditure for capital’s judiciary

Published: June 12, 2019
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The students agreed that media hype should not be the cause of suo motu notices. STOCK IMAGE

The students agreed that media hype should not be the cause of suo motu notices. STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has earmarked Rs1.27 billion for the lower and higher judiciary in the federal capital.

According to budget documents, the government has set aside Rs423 million for the demand-wise expenditure estimates for the district judiciary of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). A further Rs750 million have been allocated for the construction of the Islamabad sessions court-east.

A further Rs579 million have been allocated for the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The government has also allocated Rs650 million for the construction of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) building in the city.  The government has earmarked a billion rupees for project concept (PC)-I of building additions to the judicial complex in Islamabad and Rs110 million for PC-II of the same project — for a feasibility study.

 

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Some Rs29.5 million have been allocated for raising awareness regarding the alternative law for the resolution of conflicts. Furthermore, Rs7.5 million have been allocated for the Federal Tax Ombudsperson’s house.

Similarly, Rs450 million have been allocated for the Federal Shariat Court, Rs120.7 million for the Attorney General’s Office, Rs50 million for the Federal Ombudsperson on Harassment and Rs148.5 million for the federal judicial academy.

The government has also allocated Rs1.33 billion for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) headquarters, Rs550 million for NAB’s Rawalpindi bureau, Rs634.6 million for NAB Lahore bureau, Rs221,2 million for NAB Multan bureau, Rs449.2 million for NAB Peshawar bureau, Rs78.1 million for NAB Karachi bureau, and Rs351.8 million for NAB Quetta bureau.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2019.

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