Govt won’t provide facilities to ‘looters of national wealth’: PM


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that provision of justice to the people was an important component of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) manifesto.

He said the provision of quick justice was not only right of the citizens but it had a direct impact on the life of a common man.

“No society could run without justice,” he said while chairing a high-level meeting on legal reforms.

The prime minister deliberated upon the legislation regarding the rights of downtrodden segments of the society, particularly women, children, and poor people.

He said the women were unfortunately still deprived of their legal rights and the available laws in this regard could not become effective as the “procedure of its implementation was very difficult”.

About a delay in disposal of cases in the courts, the prime minister said after amendment in the relevant laws such cases, which were pending in the courts for decades, could be decided in a stipulated time.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” the prime minister said.

He said the government would pay the fine of poor prisoners of petty crimes, who were languishing in jails.

Talking about the legislation done regarding discouraging and withdrawing the facilities in jails to the accused of looters of national wealth and white-collar crimes, the prime minister said it was the negation of justice to discriminate between rich and the poor in terms of punishment.

The prime minister reiterated the government’s resolve to recover the looted wealth from the corrupt people.

Law Minister Farogh Naseem briefed the prime minister regarding the progress in legislation for the provision of legal assistance by the government to downtrodden segments of the society.