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District Level Stakeholders workshop on Dispute Resolution in Chitral

A day long workshop for district level stakeholders held on dispute resolution council
at a local hotel. The workshop was held under strengthening Rule of Law a project of UNDP (United Nation Development Program) supported by European Union and was organized by Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP).

Addressing to the ceremony Shahzada  Iqtidarul Mulk said that community-based
dispute resolution  council has been established in every police station of Chitral where volunteers groups resolve petty disputes among different groups.

He said that poor people cannot approach courts, Katchery and police station. This isan alternate course of resolving issues through dialog. He said that court procedures are very lengthy and police is unable to give any relief without court verdict. DRC was established to save the time and resources of the people. The main idea behind DRC, he said, was to resolve a problem without torturing anyone.
Molvi Masood Ahmad highlighted the importance of compromise and mediation in the light of Quran and Sunnah. Azmat Esa, former public prosecutor said that in the police act of 2016, IGPs have been empowered to resolve petty issues at police station level.

He said that DRC comprises of 21 members from all segments and they resolve public issues based on merit. Later, a Question and Answer session was conducted and Azmat Esa and other panel members answer questions.

Rahila Kanval advocate legal Advisor of LEP, Shahzdai Gulfam community activist, Bibi Khunza village councilor, Musrat Bibi social activist, Niaz A Niazi Advocate and other hailed this program and termed it a relief for depressed, oppressed helpless people

Tariq Ahmad district program Manger thanked all stakeholders and participants of the workshop. Many people comprising over government officials, lawyers, social workers and representatives of civil society, participated in the workshop.

Source: The Dardistan Times

Byline: G.H. Farooqi

December 28, 2016

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