Undoubtedly, legislation strengthens civilization but having legislation alone cannot achieve needs. Legislation must be implemented if it is to serve its purpose. Pakistan has signed and ratified numerous international laws in its domestic legislation. The observations highlighted by the United Nation, upon submitted reports are that Pakistan has weak laws and accused the country of non-implementation. However, the law is not weak; it is just not drafted efficiently. Parliament is responsible for enactment of laws but it completely disregards the need for a vigorous mechanism not only for drafting, but also for implementation.

The executive needs to realize that legal drafting is a technical and sophisticated job. If legislature is to exercise its power it must equip itself with trained and qualified staff, up-to-date technological tools, trained committee and secretariat staff, with research and field experience. The word ‘child’ is defined differently in every law concerning children. Pakistan Penal Code provides death penalty for murder while Shariah law provides for, beside other punishments, compensation for murder.

The problem further hypes at the hands of enforcement agencies. The enforcing agencies seem to be confused as to the application of law against the accused. Inadequacy in legislative spheres results in inadequate laws being framed and enforced. Any lacuna in the law leads to ineffectiveness of the law both in regard to legislation in itself and its implementation. The general perception is that no matter how many laws come into play, nothing much is going to change, as there is hardly any implementation of laws at any level.

SHAHZAD ATTA,

Lahore, July 7.