PESHAWAR: After deadly attacks on lawyers, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to issue prohibited bores licenses to lawyers in the province for self-protection.
The high court also directed the KP government to implement the order before February 6 otherwise, contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against the concerned officials.
The petition for the prohibited bore licenses was submitted to the court by the general secretary of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA), Yasir Khattak. He argued in the court that high court in 2015 had passed a judgment directing the KP government to issue licenses for the prohibited bore to lawyers while hearing the writ petition of Advocate Shabier Gigyani. Khattak informed the bench that the government failed to implement the order.
During the course of hearing, PHCBA general secretary informed the bench that the doctors and teachers in the province are allowed to carry prohibited bore arms on verbal directions of the KP police heads as there was no notification in writing with the government. After the killing of a senior lawyer, Niazmin Shah in Nothia, Peshawar, the PHCBA has decided to filed the writ petition to press the KP government to implement the order of the high court
A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim Khan heard the arguments and issued the directives to KP government in contempt of court petition. After the passage of court order, the lawyers in the province can carry licensed prohibited bore guns including Kalashnikovs.
Yasir Khattak informed that in the order to get the licenses, the lawyers would submit an application in their respective high court bar associations to be further processed by the deputy commissioners concerned. The lawyers in other cities can file the application in their respective high court circuit benches at Mingora, Abbottabad, Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu.