Pakistan Mediators Association launched, to serve investors

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Karachi—International Finance Corporation, private sector arm of the World Bank Group, trained Accredited Mediators and Master Trainers have launched Pakistan Mediators Association (PMA) in all the four provinces of Pakistan.

PMA has been established in providing mediation between the two disputants and restore the confidence of local and foreign investors. The newly established association is destined to serve mediation profession and other stakeholders who believe in promotion, use and institutionalization of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Pakistan.

 

The Association is keen to support the provision of mediation and training services in ADR in Pakistan and lobby for law reforms in ADR which are largely overdue. PMA will also be holding awareness raising activities in various parts of Pakistan and will complement efforts of IFC supported ADR Centres in Pakistan, i.e. Karachi Centre for Dispute Resolution and business dispute resolution centre at Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

The Association’s founding office bearers and executive committee members are: Syed Anwar Kashif Mumtaz Advocate (President), Barrister Isfandyar Ali Khan (Vice-President, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Barrister Tariq Saeed Rana (Vice-President, Punjab), Mian Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri Advocate (Vice-President, Punjab), Barrister Ayesha Sarfaraz (Vice-President, Sindh), Mr. Saeed Habib (General Secretary) and Agha Zafar Ahmed, Advocate (Finance Secretary), Mr. Khalid Mahmood Siddiqui, Advocate, Neelofer Hamid, Sohail Lashari, Saima Amin Khawaja and Mustansir Zakir member executive committee.

 

Speaking at the launch of the PMA, Syed Anwar Kashif Mumtaz highlighted need for government lawyers’ and private sector support for ADR in Pakistan. Mumtaz requested judiciary and lawmakers to draft ADR rules for court-annexed and court-referred mediation so that litigants and disputants can benefit from mediation practices. He also emphasized on amendment of section 89-A of Civil Procedure Code 1908 and legislation on Mediation Law so that mediation as a process and profession is further developed.





Courtesy:    Pak Observer


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