Pak Chief Justice alarmed at number of terror suspects being let off 'scot free'

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 06:10 hrs

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that measures should be taken to effectively prosecute the anti-terrorism court cases in all the provinces.

Chaudhry's remarks came as he presided over a meeting in connection with monitoring of the functioning of anti-terrorism courts in the country.

According to the Daily Times, he showed concerns over the high rate of acquittal in anti-terrorism courts (ATC), and termed the situation alarming.

It was noted that as per a report compiled by the Punjab Prosecution Department, the large rate of acquittal was on account of various factors, particularly defective/dishonest investigation and weaknesses in prosecution.

The meeting observed that such defects and deficiencies must be addressed immediately by the respective provincial government, necessary training should be imparted to investigators/prosecutors, requisite equipment, including forensic labs, should also be provided, the report said.

It was further observed that investigation should be carefully carried out so that innocent people do not have to suffer the ordeal of investigation or trial, it added. (ANI)

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