LAHORE - The president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir Thursday said that the lives and safety of citizens were under severe threat. A fragile criminal justice system in the face of burgeoning crime has miserably failed to protect citizens and deliver justice. In a statement issued on Thursday, she said that law enforcement agencies lack capacity and resources to the extent that the government provides no clear statistics which show the current level of crime that is prevalent in the country. Victims of violence are still struggling to get their cases registered at the police stations. Investigation is poorly conducted and the police do not possess adequate modern technology to pursue criminal cases. Forensic is poorly equipped and lacks autonomy. A climate of fear and mistrust in the system discourages witnesses from coming forward, she added. Asma said trial courts were overloaded and were desperately dealing with backlog. Their emphasis remains on quick disposal rather than to have a robust process in place which ensures that cases are dealt with justly so that there is effective deterrence against crime. This state of affairs is depressing and prevails throughout the country. She said that the figures by themselves reveal a horrifying picture. More than 1.3 million cases were pending in the subordinate courts. There are 81,000 prisoners in jails, with only 24,000 who are convicted. The rest are simply accused. Grant of bail has been strengthened for an ordinary prisoner who has no clout or nuisance value. The Musharaf government repealed a section of the law, which granted bail for those female prisoners whose cases were not being heard for a period of one year for minor offences and two years for serious offences. All these factors have led to an unprecedented congestion in jails. In some prisons, particularly in Punjab, prisoners are taking turns to sleep, she added. Meanwhile, newly appointed Chief justice of the Lahore High Court Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry Thursday effected reshuffling in the cadre of deputy registrars and the private secretaries of the court who were previously performing important jobs during the stint of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif. According to notification issued by Additional Registrar (ESTT), Riaz Hussain Shahid has been transferred from the post of Deputy Registrar (G&T) to Deputy Registrar (Protocol), Pervaiz Khalid Deputy Registrar working as private secretary to former chief justice, has been posted as Deputy Registrar (G&T), Arshad Mehmood Baig from deputy registrar (protocol) to Deputy Registar (Accounts), and Imran Safdar, Deputy Registrar working as Reader to the former chief justice, has been posted as Deputy Registrar (Admin). Chief justice Ijaz chaudhry has also posted the private Secretary, Muhammad Nasir, as Secretary to chief justice (BS-20) while Irshad Ullah Rana, secretary to former chief justice has been transferred and posted as additional Registrar (Legislation) against an existing vacancy with immediate effect. The chief justice also placed transport branch of the court under the supervisory/administrative control of the Additional Register (P&D) taking its control from Additional Registrar (G&S).