UNODC, EU to help upgrade KP forensic system



United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office Pakistan with the financial assistance of European Union (EU) will be launching a three year technical assistance programme with a special reference to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday.
With the financial support of 7 million euros by the European Union, “Pakistan’s Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) project is developed by the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on behalf of Government of Pakistan in collaboration with the UNODC. During the project development stages both provincial and federal stakeholders were closely consulted to ensure that project objectives directly contribute to the needs of each institution.
The project aims to improve the investigative processes and promote the use of forensic evidence during the prosecution stages of terrorism related cases. It will also strengthen the co-ordination between the KP Home Department, Police and Prosecution, NACTA and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police.
The Government of Pakistan is in the process of implementing a National Action Plan against terrorism and the objectives of the signed project would directly contribute towards in its execution. The Launch will be attended by H.E.
Mr Jean-Francois Cautain, Ambassador of European Union, Mr Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator of NACTA, Mr. Cesar Guedes, Country Representative UNODC, diplomats from international donor community, embassies, UN agencies, senior government officials from different Ministries and agencies, prosecution, judicial departments and provincial Exercise and Taxation departments, besides officials from the law enforcement agencies of the country.—INP

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