Saudi courts to help re­solve Pak labour­ers’ is­sue

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IS­LAM­ABAD—Chair­man Board of Gov­er­nors (BoG), Over­seas Pak­ista­nis Foun­da­tion (OPF) Bar­ris­ter Am­jad Ma­lik Mon­day wel­comed the Saudi Ara­bia’s gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion to es­tab­lish spe­cial courts for labour­ers, say­ing “it would help re­solve the is­sues of Pak­istani labour there”.

Talk­ing to APP, he said ev­ery year Pak­istan sends thou­sands of work­ers to Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil (GCC) coun­tries es­pe­cially Saudi Ara­bia and presently 2.6 mil­lion Pak­istani work­ers are serv­ing in Saudi Ara­bia.

Bar­ris­ter Am­jad Ma­lik said spe­cial courts will as­sist the labour­ers to get justice within no time, pro­mote bet­ter liv­ing and work­ing con­di­tions for for­eign work­ers and re­solve their griev­ances promptly.

This step would also help them seek com­pen­sa­tion in case of breach of con­trac­tual obli­ga­tion by the em­ployer and or em­ploy­ees, he said. “Pak­istan en­joys cor­dial broth­erly re­la­tions with Saudi Ara­bia and such mea­sures will strengthen bi­lat­eral ties and pave way to re­solve out­stand­ing work­ers is­sues”, he ob­served.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial source, spe­cial judges will be ap­pointed in these courts which will be es­tab­lished in Jed­dah, Da­mam, Riyadh, Makkah and Mad­ina. While spe­cial of­fices will be es­tab­lished to link the spe­cial courts with other courts in the coun­try.

The spe­cial courts will start func­tion­ing from the cur­rent year. For this pur­pose, 99 As­sis­tant Judges will get train­ing to serve in these courts while more 80 judges will also be ap­pointed.—APP

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