ISLAMABAD - Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP) observed that although the cases of customers of the financial institutions whose cheques are dishonoured do not fall under the purview of section 489-F PPC yet they are still prosecuted under the general law therefore it recommended amendment in the section to exclude the customers of financial institutions from its operation.

The LJCP was held here in the committee room of the Supreme Court building in the chair of Chief Justice/Chairman LJCP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

In his introductory remarks Justice Chaudhry stated that a strong judicial system ensures upholding of rights of the people through fair application of laws and that Pakistani procedural laws require modernisation in the wake of advancement to address the challenges of changing social values.

The Commission recommended amendment in the West Pakistan Maternity Ordinance 1958 to restrict the employers to ask their women employees to do any work which is of an arduous nature or which involves long hours of standing. The Commission was of the view that this amendment will facilitate working ladies during pregnancy and after giving birth to a child.

In order to check false and frivolous complaints and abuse of provisions of Illegal Dispossession Act 2005, the Commission recommended imposition of compensatory cost on the complainants who misuse the process of law by filing false and frivolous applications under the said Act.

The Commission also recommended amendment in the Special Courts (Offences in Banks) Ordinance 1984 to provide right of appeal against acquittal.