Speakers stress need to strengthen prosecution


ISLAMABAD: The intensive capacity building of public prosecutors and strengthening of prosecution department is the need of the hour, urged speakers at a training workshop on Saturday.
Provision of extensive training to prosecutors on laws, forensic and investigation techniques and case building is mandatory for a strong, efficient and independent prosecution system, the speakers told the closing ceremony of two-week course organised by Aitebaar. Also called Peace-building Support Programme (PSP), it is a four-year programme funded by the UK government through Department for International Development (DFID) with an objective to strengthen the core institutional and technical capacities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prosecution Service. Some 25 prosecutors from KP took part in the training. Distinguished lawyers, prosecutors and technical experts comprised the trainers.
The main objective of the training was to equip in-service public prosecutors with specialist advocacy, reasoning and decision making and communication and negotiation skills. The training module included forensic DNA, digital evidence, firearms and toxicology.
Director General Prosecution Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Asmat Ullah Gandapur told the ceremony that that prosecutors play very crucial role in criminal justice system. He said in the current situation, there can be no two opinions about making the prosecutor’s role more effective through the provision of necessary environment, capacity building and forensic training. 
“Prosecutors should be provided training on modern lines, including forensic training, as now a days no one is ready to become a witness in the case”, he said.
He said that he has proposed the appointment of up to 148 more prosecutors in the province to further strengthen the prosecution department. “I have started research for capacity building and strengthening of prosecution and studied prosecution department of Punjab,” he said. 

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