Body activated to legally aid badly-off accused

HAFIZABAD-As the District Legal Empowerment Committee has been made functional, the poor and destitute prisoners and under-trial accused would be provided with legal assistance to enable them to fight their cases and seek justice, District and Sessions Judge Ch Nawaz said.
Addressing the media and lawyers, he said that some national and international organisations had extended cooperation and provided funds so that the poor and hapless prisoners who were languishing in jails due to lack of finance to hire a lawyer could now fight their cases and derive justice.
He further said that Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah had taken various steps to provide cheap and speedy justice. The chief justice established ADR Centres which proved quite successful. He disclosed that the Legal Empowerment Committee would include DC, Superintend Jail, DBA president and a representative of a civil society. The poor and destitute prisoner can submit applications to the sessions judge and the committee would send the same to the LHC and after the approval of the LHC, maximum amount of Rs20,000 as fee of advocate would be provided. He called upon the lawyers and media to create awareness to make these efforts successful.
PAY DELAYED: Sanitary workers of Municipal Committee Hafizabad took out a rally to protest against the non-payment of their salaries and other arrears.
Led by CBA Union leader Aslam Sandhu, General Secretary Haneef and Ihsan Inayat Paul, the protestors paraded on the old Kachehri Road and demonstrated in front of Municipal Secretaries. They raised slogans against Audit Officer Mansha for his delaying tactics for not paying their salaries and arrears. They have called upon the MC Chairman and DC to ensure the payment of their salaries and arrears without further delay so as to enable them to rejoice Christmas celebration.
PREPARATION: Brisk preparations are afoot to celebrate the birthday of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah (RA) and Christmas.
A meeting of Interfaith Committee and District Peace Committee was held under the chairmanship of DC and attended among others by MPA Malik Fiaz Ahmad Awan, Chairman MC, DPO, representatives of Christians and Ulema of different schools of thought. On the occasion, the incident of Quetta Church was strongly condemned. The participants praised the patience of the Christians and expressed their solidarity with them.
They also reviewed foolproof security arrangements for Christmas. DPO Ghias Gul said that a heavy contingent of Elite Police Force and cops would be deputed near Churches across the district and pickets would be set up on all the roads leading to the churches.

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