PESHAWAR: In a province where the law is often flouted, the Peshawar High Court has decided to empower citizens with knowledge of not only their rights but also the process for seeking legal recourse.
Through a project called the Distant Education and Learning Programme (DELP), the PHC aims to launch a television and radio channel to educate people on a whole range of issues, including child and women’s rights, health laws and those related to the police.
“The reason people continue to suffer is that they are unaware of their basic rights,” said PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, during an interview with reporters at his chamber on Friday. “The public is being exploited and this project is supposed to educate the people, especially those who are illiterate and populate far-flung areas.”
The CJ said that the project will also focus on daily issues, such as how to reach a counsel, lodge a police complaint and access a kutcheri.
“We will enlist a separate panel of lawyers, but only those who will offer their services at a discounted rate. The judicial academy is also part of the project,” CJ Khan said.
He said the judicial academy will be connected to all courts and bar associations across the province through a server, enabling judges and lawyers to access judgments, including those of international courts, with a single click.
The project will cost $62 million and 70% of the paperwork has been completed, CJ Khan said. “The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is ready to provide Rs50 million. International donor agencies have also shown deep interest in the project. These are revolutionary ideas and if implemented, it will bring about a change.”
The project, he said, will include a state-of-the-art forensic lab to improve police investigation skills and foreign experts will also be hired.
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