ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights on Monday unanimously recommended an amendment in the Law Reforms Act, 2015, seeking the right to appeal in suo motu cases.

The amendment moved by Ayaz Soomro of PPP was unanimously endorsed. If the bill is carried by the Parliament, a larger bench would hear the appeals against judgments in suo motu cases. The members of the parliamentary body were of the view that the past jurisdiction related to suo motu action was in some cases misused by the courts.

Sharing his opinion, Law Secretary Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan also put his weight behind the opinion of the parliamentary body, saying suo motu had become a fashion in the past and now the Supreme Court through a recent ruling has restricted this exercise.

Speaking on the bill, PPP MNA Ayaz Soomro argued that suo motu action had even been taken on a bottle of liquor in reference to the case of actress Atiqa Odho.

The committee deferred Hindu marriage registration process for further one month. The Law Ministry informed the lawmakers that the provinces did not adopt the resolution, enabling the federal government to legislate on this issue for all the provinces. JUI-F legislator Maulana Muhammad Sheerani opined that a clause should be incorporated in this bill that it would not be applicable to those who converted to any other religion.

MNA Ramesh Kumar pointed out some faults in the government’s draft. Having almost the same opinion, MQM’s SA Qadri also found ambiguity in the bill which needs to be cleared. The committee would take up this issue next month.

MNAs Justice (r) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema, Muhammad Moeen Wattoo, Sardar Muhammad Amjad Farooq Khosa, Kiran Haider, Ayaz Ali, Ayaz Soomro, Munazza Hasan, S Iqbal Qadri and Aasia Naz Tanoli attended the meeting. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Lal Chand Malsi had especially been invited to the meeting.