Annual Report 2016 – Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The Home and Tribal Affairs Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has released its Annual Report 2016. This report gives an account of the mandate and modus operandi of Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with its attached departments. It highlights the progress made during 2016 in comparison with the previous years, and the challenges it may face in securing overall public order, peace, serenity and rule of law in the province. This report is divided into different sections which includes; Police Department, Inspectorate of Prisons, Directorate of Prosecution, Directorate of Reclamation & Probation and Directorate of Provincial Public Safety & Police Complaints Commission.

Starting with an overview of the Police Department, the working and progress of other attached departments are elaborated. Indicators associated with Police Department demonstrate that Law Enforcement agencies are undergoing transformation phase on the way to modernization. Substantial efforts have been shown to counter the menace of terrorism. The year 2016 observed 67% drop in the occurrences of terrorism as compared to 2014. All other crimes show 14% surge in 2016 as compared to 2015.

The examination of prisons show that currently all jails in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are overcrowded by 47%, hosting 11061 prisoners including 294 female prisoners, against the authorized level of accommodation which stands at 7547. The main reason for this is the number of under trail prisoners which makes up to 70% of the overall jail population in the province. The Phase-I of the new Central Prison will house 2100 inmates by end of 2017, and work on new jails in Swabi, Swat, Malakand, Hangu, and Shangla and extension in jails in D.I Khan and Haripur will boost the direly required prison capacity.

In 2016, under National Action Plan, 2186 arrests were made for charges of hate speech and 1818 loudspeakers were also seized in this regard. 355 persons were arrested for holding fake Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs).

The Directorate of Prosecution through Public Prosecutors is operational in all criminal courts of the province and since 2014 has efficiently concluded 309078 No. of cases, while during 2016, out of the total 113736 cases concluded, 79% were convicted, while only 06% were acquitted and 09% were compounded. It is worth to mention that out of all 173058 cases registered during 2016; only 10% were of serious crime nature while the rest mainly related to local and Special Law.

The Directorate of Probation & Reclamation for the first time since its inception actively pursued probation cases in courts and thereby helped in reforming & rehabilitating juvenile offenders in the society. This provides the offenders an alternate atmosphere to the prisons and has so far taken 1906 parolees.

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