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Development of criminology and the criminal justice system in Pakistan

74 Leichhardt Street, Griffith ACT
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 01 June 2010

Mr Fasihuddin
Police Service of Pakistan and
 President, Pakistan Society of Criminology

Presentation overview

Criminology as an academic discipline and as a profession does not enjoy its deserved status in Pakistan. Pakistan has become, wittingly or unwittingly, a front-line state in the global war on terror, as well as being portrayed as the source and destination of many transnational crimes such as human and drug trafficking. Despite the serious law and order situation and low socioeconomic indicators, there is a general apathy on the part of academics and practitioners in promoting the scientific study of criminology and policing sciences in Pakistan. Moreover, the criminal justice system is not developed enough to respond efficiently to the challenges of the rising crime rate and the associated complexities involved in the dispensation of justice.

Pakistan still has old colonial structures in most of its departments in the criminal justice system. Pakistan is in the midst of rising crime, with much of its already weak institutions now badly affected in the current war on terror. Pakistan needs more investment in terms of capacity building, resource mobilisation and rapid modernisation of its criminal justice system. It is suffering from a lack of cost-effective, workable and comprehensive policies in crime prevention, counter-terrorism, child protection, juvenile justice and criminal justice and the presenter will discuss how the discipline and scholarship of criminology can assist to overcome these deficiencies.

The presenter

Mr Fasihuddin is the Director General of Human Rights, Conflict-Resolution and Peacemaking at the Central Police Office in Pakistan. He holds degrees in Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Law, Political Science and Public Administration and is a founding member of the Pakistan Society of Criminology.