Peshawar, July 2013 – A Mobile Court was launched today by Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Honorable Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court and Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP in Pakistan.
The Mobile Court will provide justice rapidly for litigants who cannot afford to travel to courts in the cities. Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Honorable Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court said that through the mobile court, thousands of people will have access to justice at their doorstep, many for the first time. Unnecessary litigation will be limited and this would help the rural areas as more than 50% of the rural population travels to the cities to seek justice. He further added that “We hope this will accelerate administration of justice and deter crime.”
Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director UNDP Pakistan, said, “Promoting rule of law at the national and international levels is at the heart of the United Nations mission. Establishing respect for the rule of law is fundamental to achieving a durable peace in the aftermath of conflict, to the effective protection of human rights, and to sustained economic progress and development.” He thanked the Peshawar High Court and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, for partnering with UNDP, through its financial and political support for the programme. He further said, “The provincial government and its departments including the Home, P&D, Local Government, Law, Police and Prosecution have led the rule of law programme forward.
The support to Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand programme has been provided by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, the Swiss Development Cooperation, and the Embassy of the United States of America.
This project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand division. The activities are currently in place in seven districts of Malakand including upper and lower Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner and Chitral. This project is supporting sustainable peace through improved access to justice for women and men in the Malakand division through effective and accountable justice and security service delivery.