Gul Hammad Farooqi
Chitral, September 14: A day-long workshop for district level stakeholders on Legal Empowerment was organized in Chitral Valley by Sarhad Rural Support program (SRSP) with the support of Open Society Foundation. Stakeholders from all line department on district level participated in this workshop for counseling regarding launching legal empowerment project.
Heads of government departments, semi government organizations, lawyer forums, journalist bodies and members of the civil society participated in the session.
Rahmat Wali Shah team leader of SRSP briefed the stakeholders regarding provision of free legal assistance to needy and deserving people. He said that in past all projects were based on monopoly basis but now it focus on public opinion and Legal empowerment project will frame after gaining opening of head of all government departments.
Ghulam Hazrat advocate president district bas association Chitral said that district bar association campaigned for launching high court circuit court in Chitral as in past people were face to travel to Swat or Peshawar high court causing for wastage of time and money. He criticized elected representatives that they did nothing in this regard nor they supported lawyers for establishment of high court branch at Chitral. Other stake holders expressed their views regarding providing of free legal assistance to needy and poor segment of Chitral and hailed efforts of SRSP.
SRSP will form a panel of lawyers and provide them free legal assistance. Former district Nazim Maghriat Shah, former MPA Chitral Maulana Abdul Rahman hailed SRSP efforts who have registered 610 village organizations both of male and female and trained them in different developmental sector like Honey bee keeping, house hold enterprises, handicraft etc. A large number of stake holders comprising on military, police, civil officers and head of line department, Mangers of different banks, lawyers, paramedics, journalists, social workers participated in workshop.