KARACHI: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC) in partnership with the Prosecution Department of Sindh launched
a software-based Case Management and Monitoring System (CMMS) at an
inauguration ceremony in Karachi on Friday.
The CMMS which has been developed under the framework of Pakistan’s
Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) and is designed to automate the
Prosecution Department’s administrative processes such as case
assignment and tracking, streamlining the department’s workflows, and
create administrative efficiency in case management and adjudication.
In particular, the CMMS will help the assignment of complex cases to
multiple experienced counsels, tracking of court proceedings as well as
monitoring of the quality of prosecutions across Sindh province.
In order to maximize the operational efficiency of the CMMS, UNODC
through the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) has also
provided Prosecution Department with essential equipment including
laptops and computers.
The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the Honorable Chief
Justice of Sindh Justice Ahmed Ali M. Shaikh and attended by EU’s
Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Androulla Kaminara, Country Representative
of UNODC Mr. Jeremy Milsom, and key officials belonging to Sindh Police,
Prosecution Department, and Judiciary.
The Honorable Chief Justice of Sindh lauded the initiative, as well as
its promising impact on operational efficiency across Sindh’s criminal
the justice system, “This is a valuable innovation that will generate a
compounding positive impact with use over time that will not be limited
to prosecution department alone.”
The European Union’s Counter-Terrorism Counsellor in Pakistan Mr.
François Zablot iterated EU’s resolute support in preventing and
countering terrorism and added that “CMMS was a crucial need of the hour
to ensure transparency, accountability, and oversight when dealing with
anti-terrorism cases. I hope that with effective use of this tool, we
are able to enhance the capacity of the prosecution department, leading
to successful adjudications.”
While making his remarks, the UNODC Country Representative Dr. Jeremy
Milsom stated “I am pleased to see this initiative come to fruition, the
CMMS is a prime example of the use of technology to improve and enhance
existing processes. CMMS enjoyed tremendous success in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa and was a perfect use case for Sindh. We hope to see it be
even more successful in Sindh”
Participants of the inauguration ceremony were led through a
presentation on the features of CMMS followed by a practical
demonstration of case registration.
The initiative has been made possible under the framework of Pakistan’s
Action to Counter Terrorism (PACT) project Sindh with the financial
support of the European Union.
This project was a result of a partnership between UNODC and the Government
of Pakistan through various federal and provincial stakeholders with the
aim to enhance investigation processes and the use of forensic evidence
by the Sindh Police to effectively prosecute and adjudicate terrorism
cases and improve provincial and inter-provincial coordination and
capacity for preventing and countering terrorism. TF Report