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15-09-2017

Dispute Resolution Councils have successfully settled 7179 petty disputes during the last one year through out the province and referred 1465 cases to other relevant forums for legal action.
The Dispute Resolution Councils have successfully settled 7179 petty disputes during the last one year through out the province and referred 1465 cases to other relevant forums for legal action.

According to details the Dispute Resolution Council was established in Peshawar in 2014 so as to bring positive change in ''Thana culture'' and ensure prompt settlement of petty disputes amongst the general public. Due to its tremendous success and the ever increasing trust of the public on this system of dispute resolution a strong need was felt for replicating it in other areas of the province. Later on such councils were established all over the province in each and every district and a large number of people are approaching these councils for resolution of their petty disputes. It may be recalled that star cricketer spin bowler belonging to Swabi Yasir Shah has also become volunteer member of the DRC Swabi and promised to give time to settle disputes between rivals and ensure peace. The basic purpose of establishment of dispute resolution is to provide prompt and free of cost justice to the public. The Dispute Resolution Councils are responsible for amicable resolution of disputes, fact finding enquiries and acting as jury in the conduct of contested investigation. These councils have been formed in light of Quranic injections of Surah Al-Hujaraat where Allah Almighty has ordained as “Muslims are brothers, therefore make peace between two brothers and fear Allah that the mercy may be shown to you”. In last one year a total of 10386 cases were received in these councils through out the province in which 7179 cases were amicable resolved and 1465 were referred to other relevant forms for legal action while 1742 cases are under process. The DRCs in Peshawar resolved 1308, in Mardan 561, Nowshera 235, Charsadda 251, Swabi 1133, Kohat 778, Karak 301, Hangu 659, Lakki 224, Tank 16, Swat 261, Buner 150, Upper Dir 73, Dir Lower 148, Chitral 421, Shangla 40, Torghar 18, Kohistan 3, Abbottabad 107, Mansehra 127, Battagram 24, Bannu 199 and DIKhan 142. In Peshawar two, in Mardan 4, in Charsadda 3, in Nowshera 4, in Swabi 4 and in Swat 4 while in rest of districts of the province one each DRCs are functioning. Due to success and public trust on these councils, now it is being planned that DRCs shall be established gradually at sub-divisional level throughout the province. It will be a great step towards provision of dispute resolution services to the public at their doorsteps.