Prime Minister Imran Khan has given in-principle approval to establish 120 new accountability courts in the light of the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
According to state-run news agency APP, Prime Minister Imran Khan met Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem in Islamabad and briefed him on accountability and gender-based violence across the country in the light of Supreme Court orders and made suggestions for the establishment of new courts.
According to a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Law and Justice, the Prime Minister was informed that due to financial constraints, 30 new accountability courts would be set up in the first phase while the remaining courts would be set up in phases keeping in view the pressure of cases.
A spokesman for the ministry said that Imran Khan had directed the Finance Division and Establishment Division to provide all possible assistance to the Ministry of Law and Justice Division in matters related to funds, recruitment and human resources required for setting up new accountability courts.
In addition, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Barrister Malaika Bukhari gave a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister on the establishment of special courts to try cases of gender-based violence.
These courts will hear cases of gender-based violence against women and children.
Appreciating the initiative of the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Prime Minister directed that special Gender-Based Violence Courts be set up across the country through consultation with the concerned parties and amendment of laws.
It may be recalled that in July this year, the Supreme Court had directed the law secretary to seek immediate directions from the government to set up at least 120 accountability courts to end the major backlog of cases.