Civil courts start hearing cases for tribal districts

PESHAWAR: For the first time, the civil courts have started hearing cases for the tribal districts as 28 judges were set to hear different cases on Monday.

According to a circular issued by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Registrar Khawaja Wajihuddin, all the arrangements have been finalised by the High Court in this regard and 18 public prosecutors have also been appointed with the 28 judges.

Thousands of cases earlier pending before the political administrations of seven tribal districts have been shifted to the newly-installed civil courts that will hear these cases. In the beginning, these civil courts will hear cases in the settled districts adjoining to the tribal districts and gradually proper courts will be established in tribal districts and judges will start working in that areas.

Currently, if a plaintiff wants to file a case with a civil court, he/she will have to visit the neighbouring district for this purpose.

The 28 judicial officers for the tribal districts include seven district and sessions judges, seven senior civil judges and 14 additional sessions and districts judges. Justice Shahid Khan has been appointed as district and sessions judge for Khyber tribal district, Justice Nasruallah Khan has been appointed for Bajaur tribal district, Justice Salahuddin will hear cases for Kurram tribal district, Justice Kareem Arshad has been appointed for South Waziristan, Justice Asghar Shah for Orakzai, Justice Asad Hameed for Mohmand and Justice Mamraz Khan has been appointed for North Waziristan tribal district.

The first case of the tribal districts was heard on Monday in Peshawar.

The civil court for tribal areas issued a notice to the principal of Government Degree College Landikotal. The court has sought reply from the school principal on Thursday.

A student of the college, Nadir, has filed a petition about the registration issue of the collage. The case was the first to be picked up by the civil court regarding the tribal districts.

The jurisdiction of the courts has been extended to the tribal districts under the wider plan of reforms. Under the main plan, judicial complexes will be built in the tribal districts and judges will hear cases there. Currently, the judges are hearing cases in the adjoining settled districts due to lack of proper judicial infrastructure in the tribal districts.