LAHORE – A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Punjab Police, Punjab Prosecution Service and GIZ for establishing a state of art training academy for prosecutors in Punjab.

The MOU was signed in the office of Advocate General by Mr Sadaqat Ali Khan, Prosecutor General Punjab, Malik Kuda Baksh Awan, Additional Inspector General Punjab and Dr Khola Iram, Team Leader of SPPS project of GIZ. Advocate General Mr Ashtar Ausaf Ali and Secretary Prosecution Mr Maroof were also present at the occasion.

Giving briefing on the occasion, the project “Support to the Punjab Prosecution Service (SPPS)” is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and jointly implemented by GIZ (The German Agency for International Cooperation) and the Punjab Prosecution Service.

The project aims to assist in the capacity development of the Punjab Prosecution Service (PPS) in particular and improve the police investigations in Punjab in general by organizing joint trainings of police and prosecutors. The project will provide technical assistance to the government of the Punjab for the next two years in providing quality trainings to the prosecutors in Punjab by setting up a training centre for the Prosecution Department and organizing and delivering trainings through national and international trainers.

The space for establishing the institute has been provided by the Punjab Police Department which indicates their interest in improving the Criminal Justice System in Punjab. The Institute will improve the capacity of public prosecutors in Punjab and will play a crucial role in improving police prosecutor coordination in administration of justice as joint trainings of police and prosecutors are part of the training programs in future. This initiative of the Punjab Government will help in improving capacities and capabilities of prosecutors and also in turn check the eroding justice system in the country. The Institute will not only provide efficient and capable prosecutors to Punjab but can also help train prosecutors from other provinces in future.