On April 16, 2011, the ten Ombudsmen of the country launched the Forum of Pakistan Ombudsman (FPO) with a view to create a common Ombudsman platform so as to improve coordination amongst Ombudsmen and enhance their operational capability with appropriate training use of technology and thereby provide quality services to aggrieved persons. The idea to set up the FPO was discussed during the informal meeting of the Ombudsmen of Pakistan in April 2011 and a consensus was emerged for the creation of a platform that would enable effective interaction between Ombudsmen within Pakistan and at the same time make it possible for them to reach out to Ombudsmen in foreign jurisdictions outside Pakistan.
It was unanimously decided to elect following Office Bearers:
- DR. Muhammad Shoaib Suddle. Federal Tax Ombudsman (President)
- Mr. Khalid Mahmood, Provincial Ombudsman. Punjab (Vice President)
- Mr. Badshah Gul Wazir, Provincial Ombudsman, Khyber Pakhunkhwa (Secretary)
- Mr. Mansur-ur-Rehman Khan. Banking Mohlasib. Pakistan (Treasurer)
The Forum resolved to take several new initiatives to make the Ombudsman services more transparent and effective.
In order to augment capacity of Ombudsman personnel Workshops have been organized to discuss various facets of the work done by the Ombudsman Offices and the problems that they face. A comprehensive training program for all Ombudsman Office staff has also been planned.