Special courts for overseas Pakistanis

Punjab government intends to set up special courts to resolve overseas Pakistanis issues speedily, it has been learnt.
Official sources in the Punjab government have disclosed the Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab wants early disposal of plaints filed by the Pakistanis working abroad. As majority of the cases is about land mafias and the civil courts have granted stay orders to the land grabbers, the issues are pending with the courts since long.
“The Punjab government has established a special commission to resolve expatriates issues, so it was indispensible to pace up provision of justice to them,” said an officer conditioning anonymity. He added the government might do more legislation.
When contacted Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti, he said the commission would meet the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court on the subject and would request him to guide the commission about early disposal of the pending petitions. OPC might discuss its proposal to setting up special courts for speedy trial of the overseas Pakistanis issues. The commission would also seek guidance of the superior judiciary for speedy trials of the cases pending in the courts regarding Pakistanis working abroad. Punjab Chief Secretary would also be requested to arrange such a meeting with the CJ, the sources held.
With the advice of LHC CJ, the government would go for legislation through Punjab Assembly for establishment of special courts, the officials said. The entire process could consume several months; however once established the special courts would dispense justice speedily to the expatriates, they hoped.
Earlier, the commission had fixed a period of 180 days (six months) for resolution of the issues but CM Shahbaz Sharif had keenly desired that the time be reduced, so the commission wants establishment of special courts for speedy justice to the expatriates facing serious issues.

The Nation

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