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Pakistan gov’t to introduce radical amendments to laws governing criminal cases

The federal government has been given the go-ahead from Prime Minister Imran Khan to reform the country’s existing laws that govern criminal laws, Jang reported Wednesday.

Federal Law and Justice Minister Forogh Naseem called upon the Opposition parties to support the government’s reform decision.

“The government is not bringing an ordinance. The new proposed amendments will benefit the common person,” he said.

“It was decided to bring a new law of independent prosecution service in the style of the United States and the United Kingdom. An overwhelming change will take place in the country’s police and judicial system through revamping the existing laws.”

Mr Naseem added that the prime minister has been briefed on more than 600 laws that need amending, and has also approved the introduction of new laws.

Under the new laws, it will become permissible to use mobile phone footage, photos, voice recordings and modern devices as evidence in court.

One of the other laws to be amended will stipulate that Station House Officers must hold a relevant graduate degree to take on that role.

It could also become punishable by law to “walk on fire to prove one’s innocence,” according to Mr Naseem.

The Federal Cabinet is set to review and approve the proposed amendments next week before they are discussed in Parliament.