PESHAWAR: The newly established courts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P) tribal districts heard their first case in makeshift arrangements on Monday. For Khyber district, the arrangements were made at Federal Courts building in Hayatabad, while for Bajaur, the cases were heard in Timergara area.
However, the PHC says that the makeshift arrangements were made with the aim to provide immediate justice to tribal people as the establishment of permanent courts will take huge time.
Mohmand was the only district where on the first day five different cases were submitted to the court under senior civil judge Ubaid Ullah. While in Khyber district, the court issued the first notice to the principal of government degree college, Landi Kotal. The court directed him to submit response till Thursday in the case filed by student’s Nadir Khan who has accused the principal of not allowing him to be registered in the college. The student in his petition said that he has been visiting the college for the last four months but the principal is refusing to register him in the college due to which one he has already wasted one of his academic years.
The student Nadir Khan told media that after getting tired of visiting the college, he come to know about the establishment of the regular courts due to which he immediately rushed to file an application against the principal who is refusing him registration over some “personal grudges”.
It is pertinent to mention, that just last month the provincial government approved 907 seats for the tribal district courts. During the first phase, 14 judges were posted, which includes seven district and sessions and seven senior civil judges. All work related to infrastructure, that is renting and acquiring spaces has been completed.
Tens of thousands of civil and criminal cases — earlier pending before the political administration — have been shifted to the newly installed civil courts. The tribal plaintiffs who have registered cases at the PHC were also asked to follow the cases in the courts in respective tribal districts.
The Registrar of Peshawar High Court applauded the efforts of his team for making this possible within the shortest span of time. He said that necessary makeshift arrangements had been made for the district judiciary to function in the adjacent districts and it was now for the Government to provide infrastructure in the NMDs where the Courts could be shifted.
The Registrar highlighted that this was the vision of the Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court, Mr Waqar Ahmed Seth to operationalize District Judiciary in the NMDs at the earliest so that their population could benefit from the fruits of the 25th Constitutional amendment.
He further stated that on the very first working day cases were instituted in District Mohmand and Khyber which was reflective of the confidence of the masses in the judiciary.