KARACHI - The Sindh High Court on Thursday issued notices to Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon over what a petitioner claimed to be statements deriding the judiciary. Rana Faizul Hasan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of the United Human Rights of Pakistan, had filed a petition in the SHC claiming that the provincial minister uttered derogatory words on the floor of the Sindh Assembly on November 14 ridiculing the lower courts in Karachi. "(Sharjeel Memon) had said that the policemen risk their lives to catch criminals, but the judges set them free. Such statements ridiculing the judiciary are violations of Article 204 and 58 of the Constitution of Pakistan," Hasan told a private channel. He further claimed that the minister had committed contempt of court and that he should be disqualified as a member of the provincial assembly.

The petitioner has also named as respondents Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, arguing that it is the Speaker's responsibility to ensure such statements are not uttered on the floor of the assembly. After hearing initial arguments, the court issued notices to all respondents, asking them to appear in court on December 16. Meawhile, Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation, Gayan Chand Asrani said that the excise department's motor vehicle registration wing would be reformed on strong and modern lines.

Chairing a meeting of the officials associated with the motor registration wing of the department, Thursday, he said the motive is to facilitate the public in general and also improve government earnings. "For the very purpose revenue collection system at motor registration department is being improved through an updated computerised mechanism," he told the officials.

The measures being adopted on immediate basis will hold provision for one window operation so as to expedite the motor-vehicle registration process through an efficient trekking system. Owners of registered vehicles would thus be duly intimated about their vehicular tax status through an efficient SMS system, the minister said  mentioning that the applicants, who may have applied for registration of their vehicles, would be in a position to keep track of the status of their respective applications.  He said that as a matter of principle and given the existent facilities the registration process for any vehicles must be completed within 10 days. Minister Gayan Chand Asrani also directed necessary provision for complain boxes at all designated offices and sub-offices of motor vehicle registration section so that people may be in a better position to communicate their relevant grievances and share suggestion with the concerned authorities.