ISLAMABAD - The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) on Saturday took serious note of the practice of giving women and young girls in marriage as Badal-i-Sulha on the intervention of Jirga and Punchaits. The meeting, held in the chair of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who is also chairman of LJCP, asked the Secretariat of LJCP to suggest amendments in the relevant laws so that stringent action could be taken against all those involved in such heinous crime against women. The Commission also examined the proposal for Repeal of Federal Court Act, 1937 and after deliberations recommended that the enactment being redundant may be repealed. The Chief Justice of Pakistan in his introductory remarks stated that there was need for legislation of new laws on issues related to public importance and bringing the existing one in accordance with the changing needs of the society. He stressed for simplification of laws for easy comprehension and removing inconsistencies therein. He urged that legislation should be made after due process as provided in the Constitution. He further stated that system of administration of justice revolved around the provisions of Constitution which provided safeguards for fundamental rights of the citizens; therefore, it was incumbent upon all the institutions to adhere to the provisions of Constitution in discharging their functions. The Commission examined Law Reform Proposals for amendments in the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan Ordinance, 1979 and recommended amendments for including the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court as member of the Commission, empowering the LJCP to sign MoUs with the foreign Law Commissions for conducting research and insertion of provision to allocate funds for the Provincial Judicial Academies from the Access to Justice Development Fund. The Commission also recommended that amendment be made in the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee Ordinance 2002 for including the Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court as member of the Committee. The Commission also approved the rules for regulating the functions of District Legal Empowerment Committees constituted under the Access to Justice Development Fund (AJDF) to provide legal aid to the deserving litigants who were unable to obtain legal aid or assistance for protecting their genuine legal rights or interests, involved in litigation, on account of limited financial resources. The meeting was attended by Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court Ejaz Afzal Khan, Chief Justice Lahore High Court Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Chief Justice Sindh High Court Mushir Alam, Attorney General for Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq, Secretary Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Masood Chishti, Chairman Federal Public Service Commission Justice (retd) Rana Bhagwandas, Former Chief Justice BHC Justice(R) Amir-ul-Mulk Mengal, Chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women Anis Haroon, Qazi Muhammad Jamil, Advocate Supreme Court and, Secretary Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan Habib-ur-Rehman Shaikh and Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman attended the meeting on special invitation. The Commission also approved accounts and expenditure of Access to Justice Development Fund.