President Alvi authorises Sessions Courts to hear rape cases

ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday authorised the Sessions Courts’ to hear rape cases under Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance.

The President granted this approval till the establishment of special courts across the country to hear rape cases. Dr Arif Alvi also approved appointment of two additional judges in Balochistan high court and thirteen others in Lahore High Court.

The President too approved ninety days reduction in sentence of prisoners on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr. This reduction will not be applicable on prisoners involved in heinous crimes.

Meanwhile, President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday directed the authorities concerned to manufacture a prototype of Electronic Voting Machine for presentation to the Federal Cabinet and members of the National Assembly after Eid-ul-Fitr.

Chairing a meeting of the sub-committee on Emerging Technologies on I-Voting here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president stressed the need for expediting the I-Voting process for overseas Pakistanis to enable them register and cast their votes through internet conveniently.

Directs manufacturing of EVM sample for presentation

Minister for IT & Telecom (IT&T) Syed Amin-ul-Haque, Minister for Railways Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Minister for Science and Technology Senator Syed Shibli Faraz, Secretary IT&T Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Acting Chairman NADRA Brig (Retd) Khalid Latif, Director General (IT) Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Khizer Aziz, and senior government officials attended the meeting.

President Alvi said modern voting solutions like I-Voting and EVMs would increase accessibility, speed-up the processing of results on polling day and ensure transparency in the general elections.

Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz updated the meeting about the progress made so far regarding the development of a prototype of the Electronic Voting Machine.

The president said he would engage the parliamentarians and members of the political parties to support the introduction of EVMs in the upcoming general elections.

He also expressed the desire to consult the Chief Election Commissioner and ECP, members for the early materialization of EVMs, Biometric Verification Machines and I-Voting systems for the overseas Pakistanis. Acting Chairman of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) Brig (retired) Khalid Latif assured the meeting that NADRA would provide full support to the I-Voting system.

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