KP prosecution dept’s performance annoys SC

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday expressed annoyance over the performance of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s prosecution department in criminal cases and termed it a waste of time and public money.

A two-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qazi Faiz Isa termed the performance of the department as zero, despite spending millions of rupees on it.

The apex court gave these observations while hearing some criminal cases and turned down the bail plea of accused Mujeebur Rehman but accepted bail application of another accused Jehanzeb on a surety bond of Rs100,000.

Mujeebur Rehman was arrested on the charges of firing on three persons in Manshera while Jehanzeb was accused of killing a man in the jurisdiction of Swabi police station on April 10, 2017.

During the hearing, the court asked various questions from the law officers of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, however, when they did not answer satisfactorily, Justice Dost Muhammad observed that millions of rupees were being spent on the provincial prosecution department but the result is zero.

Justice Dost remarked, “If the prosecution is unable to give performance then why it should not be abolished.”  He added that the old system of prosecution was better than the present one.

Another member of the bench Justice Qazi Faiz observed that due to the incompetent prosecution of the province most of the minor cases relating to bail matters come to the Supreme Court for adjudication.

Justice Dost Muhammad remarked that how the court can ensure justice when the prosecution fails to provide the court real facts about a particular case.

He further said that mostly allegation was made on the court for prolonging and giving adjournments in the cases.

Justice Khan recalled in 2013, directions were issued to the KP government for establishing forensic lab but still, the court order was not implemented in letter and spirit.

Justice Isa observed that if facilities of fingerprints and forensic lab were established in the province then the officers would not be able to divert the cases in other directions.

Justice Dost Muhammad said that as a nation we are dishonest, adding that visit any department, 60 per cent of employees would be on leave for the whole week.

He put the question that is our attitude in line with the principles, laid down by the Father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

He also questioned the appointments of the attorney general and advocate general and maintained that their appointments should be made on merits and the political governments should not have a role in the appointments of law officers. Meanwhile, in another case pertaining to drilling near the shrine of Peer Gamkhol Sharif, the same bench issued notices to Advocate General KP.


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