Going back in time: K-P to revive magistracy system

Provincial govt has requested the federal govt to amend the criminal procedure.


Manzoor Ali August 03, 2011

PESHAWAR:


The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is considering reviving the executive magistracy system in the province as it was in 2001, Provincial Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain said on Tuesday.


Addressing the media following a meeting of the provincial cabinet, Hussain said that members discussed the revival of the executive magistracy system, adding that the provincial government has proposed a few amendments in the criminal procedure to bring back the system but the federal government has so far not responded to the request.

Iftikhar said that if the federal government does not respond positively, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will legislate on its own to revive the system as existed on August 13, 2001.

Talking about other matters discussed in the cabinet meeting, Hussain said that under the Benazir Income Support Programme, the government has earmarked approximately Rs500 million for treatment of Hepatitis patients and almost Rs200 million of this amount have already been released. “The rest of the amount will be spent on the treatment of Hepatitis C patients during the current year,” he said.

The cabinet also discussed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Compulsory Education Bill 2011, which proposes compulsory education for children between the ages of five and 12. Various plans have been prepared by the primary and secondary education department which will be reviewed by a committee formed by the cabinet.

Members of the cabinet were told that around 1,100 applications have been received for a technical education programme being introduced for young unemployed people. Under the programme, 1,500 people will be trained. Hussain said that the department of technical education has been provided annual funds amounting to Rs300 million for this specific purpose.

Hussain said the cabinet has approved the establishment of Khyber-Pakhtukhwa Judicial Academy to improve proficiency of judicial officers and ensure speedy justice for the public. Also, participants of the meeting reviewed the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Regional Languages Authority draft and approved it. The draft will now be tabled in the provincial assembly.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2011.

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COMMENTS (8)

A J Khan | 9 years ago | Reply

"The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is considering reviving the executive magistracy system in the province as it was in 2001”. 1. Is it not a “no confidence” in the judiciary. 2. Constitution separates judiciary from executive. Will this be acceptable to the pro active judiciary. 3. It is beyond an iota of doubt that bureaucracy in Pakistan is too corrupt to do any thing good. Is the Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Government trying to reinforce a failure with another failure. Only a lethargic and incompetent political set up will opt for such an option. To move the things for better , world over bureaucracy is being replaced for its corruption, inefficiency and status quo syndrome by either elected representatives of private sector, some how a reverse process has been launched by the elected representatives in Pakistan.

Aristo | 9 years ago | Reply

@A R Khan Yusufzai:

I hear you brother but no offense this is what you get when people don't get your women educated. As a result mothers remain un-educated and are hence unable to provide the right upbringing (Civic Sense, Human Courtesy, etc...) to their kids.

I am told by my grandfather that we are also descendants of the Yousufzai clan, however, our ancestors moved to Delhi in the 18th century and served as the commanders of the Mughals. One thing he used to be really thankful of and that is our ancestors moved to Delhi otherwise we would still be living in the stone age.

No offense, once again.

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