Training of Prosecutors and Investigation Officers for Improved Police Prosecutors Cooperation in Criminal Cases  

16-20 March 2018, Quetta, Balochistan

20 March 2018, Quetta -  Prosecution is one of the main planks in the criminal justice system; the job of a prosecutor is parental in nature which commences from the registration of First Information Report (FIR) and rests till the culmination of the issue. During the phases of investigation, prosecution is there to give its opinion, and workout the game plan with that of the investigating agency. After the completion of investigation, the prosecution must scrutinize the cases to make the appropriate prosecutorial decisions. Similarly, during trial the prosecutor assists the court to arrive at an appropriate conclusion of the issue. 

Over the course of the past year, UNODC Office in Pakistan (COPAK) has developed a programme of assistance in the area of police and prosecution services under its Country Programme II (CPII) for Pakistan 2016-2019 in consultation with the Government of Pakistan (GoP). UNODC COPAK is currently implementing several components, particularly in the areas of police and prosecution cooperation in Pakistan. 

For this purpose, UNODC COPAK conducted a training on Police Prosecutors Cooperation 16-20 March 2018, targeting prosecutors and investigation officers in collaboration with Prosecution Department of Balochistan. The purpose of this training was to understand the roles and responsibilities of prosecutors and investigation officers before, during and after the investigation of a criminal offense and their cooperation throughout the process. 

On the closing day, Prosecutor General of Balochistan Mr. Ameer Zaman Jogezai appreciated the support being provided by UNODC COPAK during the past 6 years. He stated that police and prosecution are very important actors in the criminal justice chain and their cooperation is very crucial for the administration of justice. He further stated that such training is very important. This training is one of a series of targeted training being conducted by UNODC COPAK for the police and prosecutors of Balochistan. UNODC COPAK will continue to support these actors of the criminal justice system in the future as well building on the training that took place so far.