LAHORE, Jan 14:The high-level meeting chaired by Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Raja Muhammad Basharat reviewed the terms and conditions for six chairmen of Punjab drug courts. Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid, law, prosecution and finance departments’ secretaries and senior judicial officers attended the meeting. Law Minister Raja Basharat directed that the orders of the Lahore High Court should be followed while reviewing the terms and conditions.

He said the approval was given for setting up six drug courts in the province. Under the decision, drug courts were set up in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur. He said the qualifications of the Chairman Drug Court are equal to those of a High Court judge. In this regard, we will take guidance only from the court decision. He directed the secretary of finance and law departments to submit the final recommendations for early approval.

The health minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid said that drug courts work under the administrative control of the department of primary health. The ambiguity in the terms of employment of the chairman drug courts will be removed. She agreed with the law minister that the terms and conditions for chairman drug court should be finalized under the directions of the honorable court.

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