National Workshop on Legislative Drafting – Capacity building of parliamentarians is need of the hour: Asim Siddiqi

General Official News

Karachi, March 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) in collaboration with Manzil Pakistan (a research think tank) and Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) has organized a three-day training national workshop on,” Legislative Drafting”. Justice (R) Shaiq Usmani, renowned law authority, is conducting the three days sessions, from Manzil Pakistan. Talking to the participants Justice Usmani said, “It is necessary for the law to be clear, which can be easily understood; for this an understanding on how to draft law is highly important’.

Mr. Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director, in his opening remarks regarded the event as a “unique opportunity to examine legislation drafting from the lens of judiciary who adjudicates the laws in the court”. Mr. Khan termed the relationship with partners and collaborators for this national level exercise as ‘Friends of PIPS’.

In a welcome note by Mr. Aasim Siddiqui, Vice Chairman, Manzil Pakistan, showed great pleasure at culmination of a major project that Manzil Pakistan took after consultation with National Assembly. He also appreciated the role of PIPS in capacity building of parliamentarians and associated staff at federal and provincial level.

Mr. Siddiqui also mentioned the recent task of Review of Legislative Framework in Pakistan with a pilot phase in process. He informed that an MoU is signed between PIPS and Manzil Pakistan to review selected laws not only to address the needs of our evolving socio-economic and socio-legal dynamics of this country but will culminate in reforming and supporting public’s access to justice.

David Thirlby, Senior Programme Manager-Asia (WFD) said that, “Legislation drafting is one of major concern that has been coming up on number of occasions so I am very pleased that this initiative come to ground”. He will be conducting session on post-legislative scrutiny on 2nd day of the event. Manzil Pakistan has developed a ‘Manual for Legislative Drafting’. Aim of this workshop is to develop and adopt standard legislation drafting practices that are addressed in the manual.

Participants of the training represents whole Pakistan; members from legislation and drafting wing from federal and provincial assemblies, are participating in this workshop. Former Justice of Sindh High Court, Justice (R) Shaiq Usmani is the lead trainer at this event. The venue of workshop is PIPS, Islamabad. Manzil Pakistan is a Karachi based non-profit think tank dedicated to developing and advocating public policy that contributes to the growth and development of Pakistan. The organization holds no political affiliations and has strictly non-partisan research processes.

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