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19-01-2017

Consultative workshop on Rule of Law Road map for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan chaired a joint consultative workshop on developing a comprehensive sectoral Road map for improving Rule of Law at the Pearl Continental in Peshawar today. Representatives from the Home and Tribal Affairs department, KP Police, Prosecution, Prisons, Representatives and Probation, and Provincial Public Safety Commission were also present at the event. This workshop was organised by European Union funded Citizens Justice and Peace Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The purpose of the workshop is to conduct a strategic review of Rule of Law policy objectives and departmental priorities and provide a framework against which a road map will be developed and implemented.

Home and Tribal Affairs Department has tasked Citizens Justice and Peace Programme (CJPP) to provide technical assistance and support in identifying attached departments priorities in drafting a Rule of Law Sectoral Road map which can serve as a strategy for overall KP Rule of Law sector.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of Home and Tribal Affairs Department (HTAD) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shakeel Qadir Khan stated that, are a lot of resources available including the Law and Justice Commission and NACTA reports and there is a need to carve out a strategic framework for Rule of Law soon." He said that "significant of work has already been done in making the policing more community orientated and responsive and improving the prosecutions services but more needs to be done to provide relief to the common man."

Representatives of each attached department for Home and Tribal Affairs Department identified the priorities and challenges faced in the improvement of public service delivery. Capacity building, Directorate support, infrastructure support, and coordination across the security and justice sector were identified as key issues needing to be addressed to improve services to the public.

Findings of this workshop will allow CJPP to develop a Rule of Law Road map to assist HTAD. A consultative session will also be held with civil society representatives to take into account the needs of citizens in developing an inclusive strategy that is responsive to their demands.

Citizens Justice and Peace Programme is a three year EU-funded programme, implemented in collaboration with the Government of KP, aimed at improving Home and Tribal Affairs' Department and Police's responsiveness to citizen's security and justice needs by strengthening institutional capacity, inter-departmental coordination and civil society engagement.