KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah gave appointment letters to 178 law officers, including 22 women, on Tuesday, terming it a step towards providing speedy justice to the people on their doorsteps.
Speaking at the ceremony organised by the Sindh law department in the Sindh assembly building, the chief minister said former prime ministers Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto desired that justice be provided to all citizens, and accordingly the present government was striving to provide justice to the people at their doorsteps.
He said the judiciary was free and would remain so, and now under the new judicial policy murder cases would have to be decided within three months and likewise other similar grave cases would have to be decided without any delay, which would provide relief to the people.
Referring to the newly appointed law officers, Mr Shah said: “Your role is important but difficult as you have to work hard for speedy decisions of cases and you have to extend full cooperation to courts so that cases pending for years could be decided speedily.”
The chief minister said their responsibility along with that of the police was to prepare cases on concrete grounds by overcoming deficiencies of the police, making it difficult for the defence lawyers to refute them. “For this, you will have to work hard, study judgments and keep your minds open and leave it to the judge to decide the case.”
Earlier, Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmad Khuhro said the late Benazir Bhutto had resolved to bring smiles to the faces of the people, and giving appointment letters to the law officers was certainly a small step, but it was another step to honouring the commitment of our leader.
Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said out of the 178 law officers, six were deputy prosecutors-general, 12 deputy district public prosecutors and one deputy director (monitoring, implementation and evaluation), all in grade 18, while 16 assistant prosecutors-general, 141 assistant district public prosecutors and two assistant directors (monitoring, implementation and evaluation) were in grade 17.
All these lawyers were selected by the Sindh Public Service Commission in 2007, but their appointments were withheld in an arbitrary manner by the then caretaker government.