SSDO to train MPAs for implementation of NAP; counter extremism, violence

ISLAMABAD:Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) Thursday inked memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Punjab Assembly for the capacity building of members of the provincial assembly (MPAs), Punjab for implementing the National Action Plan to counter violent extremism through legislative oversight in the province.

The MOU signed with the Provincial Assembly aimed at developing skills and aptitude of MPAs on legislation and reforms on Human Rights, National Action Plan on Countering Violent Extremism and Peace Building, Countering Human Trafficking and Bonded Labor, Youth Development, Child Protection, Rule of Law, Legislative Governance, Environment & Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals at large.

As a first step, SSDO would provide research assistance and technical support to the members of the Punjab Assembly on National Action Plan to counter violent extremism in the province, a press release said issued here.

The MOU was signed by Mohammad Khan Bhatti Secretary Provincial Assembly of Punjab and Syed Kausar Abbas, Director of Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO).

Syed Kausar Abbas said that there was dire need to provide technical support to the members of Punjab Assembly to strengthen the legislative governance at provincial level.

He said that the MPAs had the right to watch over the performance of public institutions and ensure implementation of laws at all levels across the province through legislative administration.

“All stakeholders including citizens need to play active role in implementation of National Action Plan at local level.

The National Action Plan to counter violent extremism has been made with the consent of political stakeholders in 2014 and the laws are being made by provincial and the Federal Government on Temporary Residents, Hate Speech, Wall Chalking and Vigilance Committees, but still there is a need to reform these laws and devise a way forward for better implementation at all levels,” he added.

As a first step, SSDO would conduct research on the laws made under National Action Plan to observe the issues and challenges in its implementation and way forward through legislative oversight in the province, it added.

The capacity building sessions with the members would be organized in order to share the research findings and way forwards for implementation at local and provincial level.

SSDO will also provide regular technical support to members of Punjab Assembly to address the issues of legislative oversight and reforms on Human Rights, National Action Plan on Countering Violent Extremism and Peace Building, Countering Human Trafficking and Bonded Labor, Youth Development, Child Protection, Rule of Law, Legislative Governance, Environment & Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals at large.