ISLAMABAD - Lamenting the growing incidents of terrorism in Pakistan and around the globe, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Amir Hani Muslim has said that steps were being taken by the government and other related agencies to curb this growing scourge of terrorism which has created a plethora of problems throughout the world.He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of a one-week colloquium on “Modern Investigation and Evidence Gathering Techniques in a Changing Criminal Justice and Counter Terrorism World” held here at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) on Monday.This second in series colloquium is jointly organised by the FJA and the British High Commission, Islamabad, US Department of Justice, and Australian Federal Police (AFP). A galaxy of international experts from Metropolitan Police Service, New Scotland Yard, London, British High Commission, Islamabad, US Embassy, Islamabad, US Department of Justice-International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Programme and national experts of international fame belonging to Counter Terrorism Wing/ Computer Forensic Expert, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Islamabad, Punjab Forensic Science Agency, Lahore, Civil Defence, Punjab, Bomb Disposal Unit, Karachi, and others will enlighten the learned participants - Special Judges of Anti-terrorism courts, Prosecutors and Investigation Officers- from all over Pakistan in this colloquium.   Enumerating the initiatives taken so far, the Judge of the Apex Court said that the separation of anti-terrorism courts from the ordinary courts, amendments in the Evidence Act, capacity building of the Special Judges for Anti-terrorism courts, were a few prominent steps which had been taken for speedy disposal of terrorism -related cases in the country.     In his concise speech, the Judge also lamented about the procedural and infrastructural problems which were being faced by the Judges of Anti-terrorism courts, prosecutors and mainly by the investigating agencies such as lack of proper infrastructure. The judge said: Investigation Officers are required to equip themselves with Forensic Science, other related skills, and tools to fight terrorism in the country.“A witness Protection Program may also be made a part of these techniques, among others, for an effective performance of the anti-terrorism courts because when the witnesses are threatened or eliminated, then, the judges of the anti-terrorism courts will not be in a position to convict the culprits,” he maintained.        For an effective working of all main stakeholders such as prosecution, forensic sciences experts, he advised that the working of Forensic Sciences, which works under the provincial health department, and the prosecution, which works under the Home department, should work under the one-roof for speedy disposal cases.                                   He also shed light on the administrative efforts of Government of Sindh which it had taken regarding the anti-terrorism courts in the province.       Earlier, Parvaiz Ali Chawla, DG of the Academy, welcomed the, honorable chief guest and highlighted the hazards, doom and destruction of this monster of terrorism and called for collective efforts including capacity building of all the main stakeholders on modern scientific lines to fight this menace of terror in a befitting manner. He lauded the cooperation and coordination of the international partners to arrange this second in series unique colloquium for Special Judges of Anti-Terrorism Courts, Prosecutors and Investigation officers here in the Academy.Hashim Abro, spokesman of the Academy said that thirteen Special Judges of Anti-terrorism courts, eight prosecutors and two Investigator officers including AIG, Crimes, CPO, Quetta and SSP, Investigation Branch, Punjab, Lahore are attending this one-week colloquium at the Academy. Mark Carroll, Liaison Prosecutor, British High Commission, Islamabad, is the moving spirit behind this one-week colloquium together with the FJA, Islamabad.