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Courts urged to benefit from technology for punishing criminals
Courts urged to benefit from technology for punishing criminals

LAHORE: (Thursday, May 30, 2024): Speakers at a conference at Punjab University urged the courts to benefit from technology to cope with white-collar crimes and sought amendments in relevant laws accommodating the modern technology to punish big criminals. The conference was organized by Punjab University Institute of Social and Cultural Studies in collaboration with Institute for Legal Research and Education on ‘The Nexus between Corruption, Fraud and Money Laundering: Challenges and Strategies’. On this occasion, Director ISCS Prof Dr Rubeena Zakar, renowned jurist Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri, Chairman Institute for Legal Research and Education Syed Shahbaz Bukhari, former member Punjab Bar Council Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza, Dr Muhammad Ramzan, faculty members and students were present. Addressing the conference, Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri said that all the institutions to prevent corruption have miserably failed. He said that our investigation officers are not trained to catch corruption and our courts are not using modern technology, which ultimately benefits the criminals. He said that people who commit white-collar crimes are prosperous and hold high positions. He said that the youth are the only hope for Pakistan’s development and they must equip themselves with technical education. He said that there is no place in the world which is more beautiful and resourceful than Pakistan and has the worst system. Syed Shahbaz Bukhari said that NAB, FIA officers consider big cases ‘as a matter of luck’. He said that institutions that prevent corruption are themselves involved in corruption. He said that the system of justice in Pakistani courts has collapsed. He said that the matters that could have been decided in five minutes are decided in years. He said that people with criminal minds whiten their black money through money laundering. He said that the youth should trust their abilities and if they would equip themselves with relevant skills, the whole world would offer them good jobs. Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza said that to eliminate corruption from the country, everyone including the judiciary, media and parliament must work together. He said that the roots of corruption are spread within the institutions, the more empowered, the more corrupt. Prof Dr Rubeena Zakar said that corruption, fraud and money laundering are closely related, which lead to poor governance, destruction of the economy, mistrust and division. She hoped that the young students are ambassadors of change and will make the country prosperous by using their talents properly. Dr Ramzan said that our society has mentally accepted the power of corruption, for which awareness seminars and conferences should be organized.