The Sindh Government set a precedent for all other provinces on Wednesday, when it unanimously passed a Witness Protection Law, aimed at making court proceedings more effective by safeguarding witnesses through the program. Given that the streets of Karachi are painted with blood with no convictions in most cases, as people fear the repercussions of testifying, this might lead to more eye witness reports if those delivering them feel that they will be protected from possible retribution.

Provisions of the law include that witnesses can wear masks or disguise themselves in court while making statements, to protect their identities, and may also use indirect methods of communication such as video conferencing if the situation demands it. Comical though it may seem, this move to protect identities might stem the flow of the bloodshed if those responsible for it are convicted.

Amendments were made to this provision to extend the protection to family members of the witnesses as well, and provided that witnesses could apply to court to authorize the change their identities, and make the necessary arrangements to settle them and make financial arrangements elsewhere after the proceedings. Heirs would also be provided for in the event of the death of their breadwinners.

A Witness Protection Advisory Board will be established, with members from various branches of the law and order structures, along with a Witness Protection Unit, both of which will have the sole duty of providing protection to those testifying, before and after the case.  The only thing that remains to be seen is whether this law will effectively increase the validity of the court proceedings, or if these bodies will become corrupt and will use the information they possess to further subjugate anybody who is seen as having viable evidence against perpetrators of violence.