LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has directed the judges of Punjab anti-terrorism courts to speed up disposal of pending cases as per spirit of law.

LHC Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa, being the administrative judge of ATCs, passed the directions at a meeting held to review and evaluate the performance of anti-terrorism courts’ judges, prosecution, police and home department.

The judge expressed his satisfaction over the working the special courts. However, he asked the ATCs judges to speed up the disposal of cases pending with the courts.

Justice Bajwa also directed other stakeholders including the police and other law-enforcement agencies to make improved efforts to complete investigations and to arrest the proclaimed offenders as soon as possible.

All the judges of Anti Terrorism Courts, Member Inspection Team of Lahore HIgh Court, Home Secretary, Prosecutor General Punjab, CCPO Lahore and all the Regional Police Officers of Punjab attended the meeting and discussed the relevant urgent issues related to the courts.

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