ISLAMABAD: Lawyers across the country on Thursday observed the second day of the strike against the formation of National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) – a complaint cell – in every district to deal with complaints related to unregistered First Information Report (FIR) and police failure to fulfil their duties.
The formation of complaint cell under the supervision of the superintendent of police (complaints) under Sections 22A and 22B of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) is to hear complaints against police, which was earlier directly under the supervision of the justice of peace or sessions judges.
The legal fraternity boycotted the court proceedings and demanded the restoration of previous practice.
Media coordinator of the bars Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood, while talking to APP, said that authorities are not taking serious the demonstration of the lawyers, however, the strike would continue till the restoration of previous practice.
He was of the view that through new setup the procedure of dispensation of justice would be lengthy and expensive for an aggrieved person. He also said that after the formation of the committee, an aggrieved person would have to approach to the superintendent of police before pleading to the court.
It is pertinent to mention here that the NJPMC which includes all chief justices and seeks to bring judicial reforms in the country on March 11, resolved that applications under section 22-A CrPC might not be entertained by courts unless accompanied by the decision of relevant district superintendent of police for complaints.
However, the Pakistan Bar Council, not welcoming the decision of the committee, announced two-day strike and decided not to appear before the courts against the reforms.