Mediation needed to resolve local disputes

KARACHI: Sustainable Peace and Development Organization (SPADO) and National Centre for Dispute Resolution (NCDR) are launching a project namely “The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)” aimed at to provide a transparent, speedy, economical and easily available mechanism of dispute resolution to the disputants in metropolis.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, SPADO’s Executive Director, Raza Shah Khan and NCDR’s Chief Operating Officer, Ebrahim Saifuddin said that their organizations are jointly working to create a peaceful society by developing capacity in people to resolve their disputes through non-violent ways.

Khan mentioned that injustice and legal complications are two major factors of militancy and crime in the country which compel people to enhance intolerance in the societies. He said that major parts of the country is consisted of Katchi Abadi and undeveloped slums where people face various problems regarding their basic needs.

He said with this scenario in mind they are going to initiate a project “Strengthening ADR mechanism in Karachi” with primary objectives to introduce a mechanism in three conflict prone areas of Korangi, Jamhuria Colony, Sultanabad and Hijrat Colony through capacity building of local communities, religious leaders and police officials in mediation and conflict resolution.

Ebrahim Saifuddin, an expert mediator, said that mediation today is recognized all over the world and has been made mandatory in many countries like Italy and Canada. He said that mediation is considered to lessen the burden on the judiciary, improve the business climate, and reduce frustration amongst the common man due to delayed justice by providing access to justice to the common man. He said so that for the rule of law, mediation must be incorporated as mandatory in law. Pakistan is in need for the promotion of a collaborative culture not an adversarial culture.

He said that they have conducted many trainings and seminars in this regards to aware people to understand get-rid of local dispute through the mediation process. They also appealed the government and political leadership to support them for further enhancing their efforts throughout the country.