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Islamabad High Court to live telecast hearings

If the initiative is successful, it will be revolutionary for Pakistan's judicial history. It will enhance the transparency of the judicial system, and eventually lead to higher levels of public trust.

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In a landmark decision, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will stream proceedings of the court on a live online channel.

According to details, Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah made this decision. In compliance with the CJ’s order, the IT department of the IHC even installed the system in his courtroom. Therefore, IHC will show live today’s hearing of different cases on a trial basis.

However, if the trial proves to be successful, then everyone will have access to the website on which they can live stream the court proceedings.

CJ Minallah has even invited suggestions from the court reporters in order to make the ‘initiative’ successful.

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Commendable initiative

Reacting to the development, former Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry endorsed the decision of IHC. He also urged other courts to follow the example of IHC and live stream the court proceedings.

“The decision of the Islamabad High Court to show the cases live is correct. The FIA Court Lahore should also follow the example of the Islamabad High Court and show the money laundering case of Shahbaz Sharif live. The date of his bail is yet to come,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.

Important to note, Fawad Chaudhry has often advocated for live media coverage of courtroom proceedings, especially Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s alleged money laundering case.

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While serving as a federal minister, Fawad Chaudhry on numerous occasions urged the chief justices of the country to install cameras in the courtrooms.

On the other hand, if the initiative is successful, it will be revolutionary for Pakistan’s judicial history. It will enhance the transparency of the judicial system, and eventually lead to higher levels of public trust. Moreover, it may contribute to improving the public’s understanding and perceptions of how justice works.

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