KARACHI: The Sindh Cabinet has approved an amendment to Law 26 of the Police Rules, under which Sindh will no longer be able to make arrests in every case.
According to details, a meeting of Sindh Cabinet was held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, chief secretary, advocate general, advisors and concerned officials.
The Sindh government has decided to amend the police rules, after which the draft amendments to the police rules were approved in the Sindh cabinet meeting. The Sindh cabinet says that the police will not arrest the accused if they are named in the FIR. She will be arrested after getting permission for arrest.
In this regard, Sindh Legal Adviser Murtaza Wahab said that there is a flaw in the criminal justice system of Pakistan. The accused was arrested as soon as the FIR was registered.
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that arrests of innocent people increase the burden on jails and judiciary. The Sindh government decided to amend the law and police officials and experts were consulted on this.
The Sindh legal adviser further said that it is not necessary to arrest the nominee in the FIR and the investigating police officer must be arrested on the basis of evidence while in some cases the investigating officer will arrest the accused after approval.
He said that the powers of the police regarding arrests had been amended, adding that the amendment in Police Rule 26 would discourage unnecessary arrests and reduce the number of undertrial prisoners in jails.
Murtaza Wahab said that this is a very positive amendment and an important milestone, it will provide real justice to the people, took steps to reduce the burden on the interests of the citizens, prisons and judiciary.