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First Pakistani mobile court settles dispute in maiden verdict

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 19:59

Islamabad: A mobile court in the restive Pakistani city of Peshawar - the brainchild of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan – on Tuesday settled a civil dispute in its first ever ruling.

The verdict was passed in the city`s posh Hayatabad neighbourhood in a case involving Rs 600,000. The dispute was resolved after both sides reached a mutual agreement.

The concept of mobile courts was introduced last month by Khan`s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party, which rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan.

District Judge Shabbir Khan told the media that the aim of the mobile courts is to provide inexpensive and speedy justice to people who are tired of the traditional judiciary.

Khan said the mobile courts were currently hearing 24 criminal and six civil cases.

Under innovative techniques adopted in the province, people can file complaints through emails and SMS, something that has the potential to revolutionise the old system mired in corruption.

The court has been set up in a modern vehicle prepared at a cost of Rs 15 million and provided energy through solar panels to cut fuel costs.


First Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 19:59

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