PESHAWAR: Dr Abdul Samand, Director Khyber Pakhtunkhwa directorate of Archaeology and Museums (DOAMs) has been given into physical remand for 10 days on the directions of an accountability court on Friday.

Dr Samad is accused of misuse of authority and violation of rules in appointments of Class IV employees.

He was appointed as director of archaeology and museums in 2014 and was the youngest director of the department. He is a ‘Pride of Performance’ award winner for his services for the archaeology of the province.

Samad was presented in accountability court where the NAB prosecutor asked for the 14-day physical remand. His lawyer, Shumail Ahmad Butt argued in the court, Samad is one of the most respected archaeologists in the world. His image was disgraced by arresting him without proper proofs. Butt asked the court that he should be released until; NAB found any solid evidences against him. However, the Judge has handed him over to the NAB on 10-days remand with clear directions to NAB to present solid evidence in the next hearing of the case.

PHC released Man convicted by Pol administration

PESHAWAR: A bench of Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Friday has set aside the conviction of an accused who was sentenced to 25 years of the sentence by the erstwhile political administration of the Khyber Agency.

The order of his forthwith release from central prison Peshawar was issued by a two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Waqar Amad Seth and Justice Muhammad Ayub Khan while hearing a writ petition filed Lal Zada, a resident of Bara tehsil, district Khyber.

The attorney for Lal Zada, Shabier Hussain Gigyani argued in the court that the accused was allegedly arrested by Khasadar force on March 12, 2014, from driving seat of a truck loaded with goods. However, on thorough search, it was found that there were 21 sacks full charas weighing 500 kg.

The charas was being smuggled from Afghanistan to Pakistan and case was registered under Narcotics law and then sentenced by Political Agent, Khyber after Jirga proceedings. The writ petition was allowed and the sentence was reduced on sole point of irregularity in taking the samples from contraband as instead of separate samples, consolidated samples were obtained by khasadar force for sending to Forensic Science Laboratory.


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