Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan broke ground on Islamabad’s first ever court complex at G-11 on Tuesday. The district courts are now housed in modest rented facilities in F-8 Markaz, where litigants, lawyers, and judicial personnel frequently encounter difficulties.

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The prime minister laid the foundation stone for the judicial complex, which will house 93 courts. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has granted the Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) a contract of Rs. 1.4 billion. Separate washrooms for men and women, quarters for ladies and under-18 offenders, canteens, and parking spaces were also part of the complex’s design.

The prime minister was informed on the project and the present state of courts in F-8 Markaz by CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed. The CDA will complete the project in six to eight months, he assured the prime minister. The PC-1, which was formerly valued at Rs. 6.5, was later amended, and the CDA opted to build a real construction rather than a prefabricated one.

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Following the presentation, the prime minister stated that the courts in F-8 were in bad shape, demonstrating that the country’s former government had little interest in providing justice to the people.

The prime minister in his speech while addressing the IHC chief justice recalled the lawyers’ struggle of 2007 against then president Pervez Musharraf in the wake of the removal of the chief justice of Pakistan. He said the lawyers’ movement was an apex democratic struggle for the rule of law in the country.

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