ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a workshop stressed upon the need for well-knit strategy among all the law enforcement agencies for crafting coordination in fight against human trafficking.
The capacity building workshop on “Counter Trafficking Specialized Training for Members of Judiciary” was organized in collaboration with the Federal Judicial Academy here at the Academy. The speakers were Hassan Abdel Moneim, Regional Representative International Organization for Migration (IOM), Director General Judicial Academy (FJA) Mr. Moazzam Hayat, Mr. Muhammad Azam Khan Director (Law), Federal Investigation Agency ( FIA) and advocate Tariq Bilal which was attended by eminent scholars, judges lawyers, representative of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and officials of law enforcement agencies.
Hassan Abdel Moneim of IOM presented an overview of his organization’s various projects to assess and address the level of trafficking in various countries including Pakistan and other countries in the region. He pointed out that lack of reporting of cases, inability of victims to access the judicial system and insecurity had so far cropped up to be as prime obstacles to counter trafficking in persons.
During the interactive session, he was posed a few technical and academic questions by the participants. To a question regarding treatment meted out to the trafficking victims, IOM Regional representative elucidated that serious efforts were being made to change the perception of the law enforcement agencies regarding the trafficking victims as they should be treated as victims and not as criminals. “It was an issue which required compassion particularly for the victims of trafficking whose rights were infringed by unscrupulous human traffickers” he concluded.
Director General FJA Mr. Moazzam Hayat stressed upon the need to bridge the gap between vital organs of the state in the efforts towards elimination of human trafficking from Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion Muhammad Azam Khan of FIA said Inter Agency Task Force was established comprising representatives of all law enforcement agencies under DG FIA to curb the crime more effectively.
“Despite our best efforts in combating human trafficking and illegal migration at the operational level, we had come across the problem of rather slow disposal of cases and in some cases granting of bails to human traffickers” he said. “The interactive session with judges and lawyers was of mutual benefit. Awareness on the issue could mitigate the problem to a large extent and sensitization of the judiciary was crucial to this problem” said Maham Qazi of IOM.
Speakers lauded Chief Justice of the Supreme Court/ Chairman Federal Judicial Academy for providing opportunity to arrange the workshop and hoped the spirit of cooperation would continue to grow and prosper. A number of senior law enforcement functionaries also shared their views with the participants of the workshop, the under training Civil Judges cum Judicial Magistrates from NWFP.-SANA