Training on Examination Strategies during Terrorism Trials

Islamabad, 29 November. A Training on Examination Strategies during Terrorism Trials was conducted from 26-29 November at the Serena Hotel in Islamabad. The session was attended by 30 prosecutors working on Counter-Terrorism (CT) cases from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

During the first 02 days of the training session, participants were given a detailed review of the procedures and laws related to cross-examination during CT trials along with the skills required to conduct a thorough examination. Day 3 of the training focused on practical exercises in which participants applied their knowledge from day 1 and 2 in practical mock trials between different groups.

On Day 4 of the training formal trials were conducted by these groups, in which they had to play roles of prosecutors, witnesses, victims etc. these formal trials were evaluated by a senior judge of Islamabad High Court, an Advocate of Islamabad High Court, and Mr. Ahmer Bilal Soofi former federal Law Minister and Special Envoy to the Prime Minister. Detailed feedback at the end of each mock trial was given to the groups on how to improve their examination techniques. 

The participants recorded positive feedback regarding the training and acknowledged that the practical exercises and modern examination techniques had helped them gain confidence for their future presentation of cases in court.

The closing remarks were delivered by Acting DG CT NACTA, Mr. Zulfiqar Bhatti in which he appreciated and acknowledged UNODC and EU's contribution in strengthening the capacities of Prosecutors working on CT cases in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

The training was organized under Outcome 2 of the PACT Project supported by the European Union.