I slamabad: A proposed bill of new constitutional amendment has been submitted in Senate and National Assembly which gives right of appeal to a convicted person before a seven member commission.
According to details Senator Naseem Jalil, Senator Tahir Mashadi and Senator Farrukh of MQM submitted it in Senate on Wednesday. Whereas, Iqbal Qadri, Iqbal Muhammad Ali and Dr Abdul Qadir Khan (Members National Assembly), submitted the bill in National Assembly secretariat.
The proposed bill requires two-third majority from both houses of the parliament to be approved and if approved, it will have an overriding effect.
Proposed bill suggests the formulation of a seven member bench comprised of:
- Three Supreme Court or High Court judges appointed by the Chief Justice of Supreme Court
- Two Senior Lawyers
- One expert of criminal prosecution
- The Attorney General of Pakistan
The above bench will be called “Innocence Inquiry Commission of Pakistan” and will have the authority to hear appeals from such convicted people who believe that they were innocent.
Those who have received death penalty, life sentence or any other sentence in criminal cases and are also alive, eligible to appeal before Innocence Inquiry Commission of Pakistan.
Justice (rtd) Khalil ur Rehman told saach.tv exclusively that the proposed bill has no solid grounds to stand the law of land. “According to the law no such commission can be formed, for appeals there is already a procedure here,” said Justice Khalil.
He also said that soon this bill will be challenged in Supreme Court. “Looters and goons are misusing the parliament for their own wrested interests. Justice Khosa’s remarks about them are absolutely correct,” he told saach.tv.