Sindh PA panel approves succession law

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Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Law and Environment Murtaza Wahab tweeted on Tuesday that the Sindh Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law has approved a new succession law. He said the new succession law will allow legal heirs to get “Succession Certificates & Letters of Administration from NADRA in the shortest possible time without going to court.” On Jan 6, a meeting of the Sindh cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had approved the law. Under the new legislation, heirs of a deceased will seek a succession certificate from the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) instead of taking the matter to a court. The bill will be introduced in the assembly for approval. In view of the lengthy process of obtaining the letter of administration and succession certificates from courts, the Sindh government on Wednesday decided to enact Letters of Administration and Succession Certificate Bill-2020 so that it could be obtained directly from the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra). The decision was taken in the Sindh cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah here at CM House. The meeting was attended by all the provincial ministers, law adviser, chief secretary and planning and development board chairman. Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Law and Environment Murtaza Wahab while briefing the cabinet said currently letters of administration and succession certificates were being issued under Succession Act 1925 by the component courts having jurisdiction. As obtaining the administration and succession certificates from the court was a lengthy process, a law should be enacted to make it efficacious and speedy to curtail fraud and forgery as has been done by the federal government, the Chief Minister’s aide said.