PESHAWAR: The residents of Chowa Gujar village on Tuesday filed writ petition in Peshawar High court (PHC) seeking direction to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to establish high schools in their area.
The petition is filed by Muhammad Saeed and 50 other villagers through senior lawyer Muhammad Muazzam Butt.
Chowa Gujar is a historical village situated on the East of Peshawar city. The people has renamed the village as Umar Abad now but still it is commonly known as Chowa Gujar.
The lawyer told the court that there are more than 15000 families living in Chowa Gujar locality, but there is no high school, which is a violation of their basic rights.
he added that a small number of village students are accommodated in high school in Chamkani village while others are refused admission.
Butt said that the people of area have been visiting the government offices and politicians for their rightful demand for two high schools, one for boys and another for girls, but it all went in vain.
He said that despite of the education emergency declared by KP government, there are hundreds of students crammed in primary and a middle school.
While for high school, the lawyer said, they have to go to other villagers due to which students, especially, girls abandon studies after middle class.
The lawyer told the court that since no member of the KP or National Assembly is elected from this area, thus they have never been treated equally in the distribution of funds for development projects.
Butt alleged that the area’s funds were diverted by the MNAs and MPAs for the respective constituencies.
Thus, having finding no other remedy, the lawyer said, the people of the village have filed a petition in the high court seeking courts’ order for the KP government for establishing two high school and primary schools in the locality as per the strength of the children in the village.
“We have a legitimate rights to ask for two high schools, one of boys and one for female students of Umar Abad which was formally known as Chowa Gujjar,” the petitioners told the court.