Workshop on SOPs of KP Prosecution Academy held
ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday organized a two-day consultative workshop on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prosecution Academy.
During the workshop senior prosecutors were given an opportunity to learn about the functions of the Prosecution Academy, personnel roles and responsibilities, various communication protocols and the criteria and mechanisms to ensure a safe and healthy working environment.
The Director General of Prosecution Mukhtiar Ahmad, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Pakistan’s Program Officer Cristian Martinez-LuSane and UNDP’s Pakistan Resident Representative Knut Ostby delivered remarks on the first day of the workshop.
The DG Prosecution Mukhtiar Ahmad thanked INL and UNDP and said that the establishment of Prosecution Academy would play a monumental role in strengthening the criminal justice system in the region, adding that he was fully confident that the academy would build the capacity and skills of prosecutors and enable them to play their role in strengthening the rule of law in Pakistan.
The UNDP’s Pakistan Resident Representative Knut Ostby thanked the INL Pakistan for being a consistent partner and the KP Government for its continued support and stated that with right infrastructural support, enhanced capacity and more gender-inclusive institutions, the rule of law sector in Pakistan was headed in the right direction.
The INL Pakistan’s Acting Director Erika Zielke appreciated the UNDP Pakistan’s efforts to make the project successful and said that INL was proud to partner with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prosecution Service and UNDP to strengthen the rule of law in the province and it was hoped that the Prosecution Academy would play a significant role in building capacity and skills of prosecutors.
Here, it is to be mentioned that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prosecution Academy has been established in Mira Kachori area of district Peshawar and will be fully functional by May this year with the funding of the United States Government through its Pakistan embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section.
Furthermore, the academy will train prosecutors, lawyers, and staff of the rule of law institutions on various criminal laws and procedures, whereas additional training topics will focus on women and juvenile protection laws and procedures, criminal trials, the right to fair trial, anti-terrorism laws, anti-fraud laws and cyber-crimes etc.