The Asia Foundation holds forum on law and justice in Pakistan

Islamabad, February 25, 2010 — Today, The Asia Foundation hosted a forum for members of the justice sector from across Pakistan, primarily from the district level. Participants included police, lawyers, judges from the High and District Courts, academics, civil society representatives, and civil servants. The event was also attended by representatives of international donor agencies.

Against a backdrop of recent reform efforts initiated by the higher judiciary and the growing public demand for the rule of law, today’s forum provided a rare opportunity for a focused discussion among a diverse group of experts and practitioners. The discussants helped to identify priority areas for action and ways to increase the impact of justice sector reform efforts. The three panel discussions focused on: Access to Justice and District Courts; Police and Prosecution Reforms; and Justice Sector, Local Governance, and Civil Society. Dr. Faqir Hussain, Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan, gave introductory remarks on the National Judicial Policy.

At the event, The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative, Mr. Gareth Aicken, remarked, “The ordinary Pakistani man and woman value justice highly. In order to make the system work better at delivering justice, the fundamental causes of problems, not just the symptoms, need to be addressed.”

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