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Pakistan to set up 120 accountability courts to punish ‘the corrupt’

The law ministry has finalised a comprehensive plan to ensure speedy dispensation of justice and to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court to the federal government for establishing 120 accountability courts across the country.

The plan – which will be presented to the prime minister for consideration in the coming days – includes the overall human resources requirement and financial matters regarding the establishment of the additional courts.

“The federal government has been vigorously focusing to expedite the process of accountability across the board, for which these additional accountability courts would be established,” the ministry said in statement on Thursday.

At present, there are 24 accountability courts, functioning in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Quetta. In addition, five vacant posts in the accountability courts had been filled through a notification issued on July 14.

Earlier, the government had informed the apex court that Rs2.86 billion per annum would be required to establish 120 such courts. The ministry also informed the Supreme Court that it had started consultation with the relevant stakeholders to set up more courts.

The government reply was submitted after the apex court’s order on July 8, wherein it directed the government to take action for setting up of the accountability courts to clear a huge backlog of cases as well as vacancies in five accountability courts.

Moreover, it was revealed that a total of 975 corruption cases were pending in 24 accountability courts in the country. The figure is much lower than 1,226 pending cases submitted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to the Supreme Court.

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