ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the issuance of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) on January 21.
The Launching Ceremony will be held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad.
The initiative would enable NADRA to use biometric authentication to issue Succession Certificates and Letters of Administration for the first time in Pakistan. Earlier, it normally took 2 to 7 years to get a simple Letter of Administration or Succession Certificate by the Courts but now it will take only 15 days.
Previously, all the legal heirs had to be physically present at the Courts in Pakistan, now even if legal heirs are absent, the Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates will be issued.
Furthermore, the NADRA Database being connected with all the Foreign Missions, Pakistanis or their legal heirs abroad will be able to get their Letters of Administration or Succession Certificates processed from abroad without the need of being physically present in Pakistan or appearing before the Pakistani Courts.
This will save a lot of expense and time and will release a very onerous burden on the Courts.
Right after assuming the office, Prime Minister Imran Khan entrusted the Federal Minister for Law Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem to overhaul the legal system.
The people-friendly law reforms were being considered crucial by the new government and the task was of utmost importance.
The law minister worked assiduously on the assignment to draft bills that were beneficial to the common man. The idea was to ensure justice through people-friendly legislation.
The process of drafting the legislation was completed within 75 days, long before the completion of 100 days deadline.
One of the most important pieces of legislation that was enacted in this regard was The Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates Act, 2020 (enacted in February 2020).
The act was crucial to address a common problem faced by the legal heirs of the deceased in the issuance of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates.
Now, the law ministry has devised a mechanism to establish Succession Facilitation Units in collaboration with NADRA for the issuance of Letters of Administration and Succession Certificates within 15 days of initiation of the application by the legal heir/heirs of the deceased.