| Crime & Justice

New digital case management tool aims to help KP prosecutors

Although the conviction rate for terrorism cases in KP has increased since 2014, it remained relatively low at 28% in 2016. More than 50% of cases result in acquittals. The new tool aims to improve these rates.

The Pakistani army transferred security duties to the civilian government of Upper and Lower Dir districts April 11.

The flag meeting at the Torkham border crossing comes after a brief flare-up of violence earlier along the border. Such meetings will improve communication and defuse tensions, say observers.

Tribal elders and local officials quickly de-escalated the situation, saying fighting along the border benefits only terrorists.

'My aim is to end terrorism, establish peace, empower women and democratise the tribal population,' said Ali Begum, a retired civil servant from Kurram Agency.

An ongoing awareness campaign is teaching locals in Waziristan how to recognise IEDs, land mines and other explosive devices left behind by militants.

A new firefighting service equipped with motorcycles will be able to reach fires on narrow streets, holding them off until larger fire trucks can arrive.