A Significant Milestone Achieved towards Implementation of the Rule of Law Roadmap in Balochistan

The Government of Balochistan and UNDOC Launch Governance Structure of Rule of Law Roadmap in Balochistan

Quetta, 23 October 2018 - The Government of Balochistan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) inaugurated the Delivery Unit of the Rule of Law (RoL) Roadmap on 23 October 2018 in Quetta. This Unit is the backbone of the Roadmap - a significant milestone towards implementation of the Roadmap, and a leading model amongst those of other provinces.

The Rule of Law Roadmap of Balochistan is a model of good practice encompassing government ownership, partnership between the State and society, and promotion of a whole-of-government approach wherein the judiciary is engaged through its own structure - The Provincial Justice Committee (PJC). This endeavour was developed under the umbrella of a joint programme with UNDP and UN Women, with the support of the British High Commission. UNODC continues to support the Government of Balochistan in translating its strategic vision into action. Two UNDOC staff members have been recruited and assigned to the Delivery Unit in Quetta. They will provide support to the local authorities in initiating the Rule of Law reform pronounced in the Roadmap.

The inauguration of the Delivery Unit was presided over by Mr. Haider Ali Shikoh, Home Secretary Provincial Government and Mr. Cesar Guedes, UNODC Representative in Pakistan. Mr. Tariq Khosa, UNODC Senior Rule of Law Advisor, representatives from Home and Tribal Affairs, Police, Law, Planning and Development, Reclamation and Probation, Levies, and Prisons, as well as from the judiciary and civil society, participated in the inauguration, along with the UNODC team. 

The launch was followed by holding the first Steering Committee meeting, chaired by the Home Secretary with the participation of all relevant stakeholders. This new stage will require concerted efforts from all the RoL actors: to vest the delivery unit with the proper resources, management, and data system that will support all involved institutions in working in a harmonized and collaborative manner.

UNODC is additionally engaged with the judiciary in supporting the PJC - the parallel structure to the Delivery Unit. A meeting was held with Justice Naeem Afghan from the Balochistan High Court to discuss practical initiatives to support revitalization of the PJC - one of which is establishing a Secretariat to support this structure.

This activity was made possible with the support  of the British High Commission.


Media Coverage

1.     Daily Balochistan Express

2.     Express Tribune

3.     State View English

Social Media Coverage

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