Amendment in criminal prosecution law will increase conviction rate in ATCs

Chief Minister Sindh, Qaim  Ali Shah said that amendment in criminal prosecution law will help increase conviction rate in Anti Terrorism Courts.

The amendment in the criminal prosecution law has been made in the light of apex committee’s decisions, Qaim Ali Shah told reporters at the 28th passing out parade of the Eaglet Course at the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Elite Police Training Centre, Razzakabad.

Shah said the conviction rate was only 10 percent but after his government’s efforts, it had improved to 27 percent. The new law will help further increase the conviction rate of anti terrorism courts.

Defending the ruling party’s move to pass a law that allows the prosecution to withdraw a case against any suspect with the court’s consent, the Sindh chief minister said on Saturday that the legislation would increase the conviction rate.

The provincial government, through its prosecutor general, will not only be able to discharge any accused but also take disciplinary action against any investigator and call record from any law enforcement agency.

The government effort would not only improve the conviction ratio but also lead to better prosecution.

The government had given special attention to the capacity building of the police force while upgrading training centers and acquiring services of army officers to train policemen, he says.

Amid a full throated opposition protest, the Pakistan People’s Party managed to get passed a key amendment bill in the Sindh Assembly on Friday, empowering its government to withdraw from the prosecution of any person being tried by any court before the final judgment of the case, or cases, against him/her.

The government claimed that it amended the 2009 criminal prosecution law to comply with the decisions of the superior judiciary.

It is widely believed that the new amendments would benefit the ruling party as well as its key leaders and certain bureaucrats, most of whom are facing corruption probes against them.

While the bill was on the order of the day only for introduction, Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro tabled a motion for suspension of relevant rules for the consideration of the bill which was put to the house for a voice vote by Deputy Speaker Syeda Shehla Raza, who was chairing the session.

The parliamentary party leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Syed Sardar Ahmad, said that the opposition objected to the bill since no conditions and a circumstance for withdrawal of a case was mentioned in the document.

Whereas, the director general of Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, Maj Gen Bilal Akbar, on Saturday urged a Pakhtun Jirga led by an Awami National Party senator to keep an eye on illegal immigrants in their neighborhoods.