PESHAWAR: A bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has stopped the salary of Assistant Commissioner, Mohmand for failure to submit a response to the petition of a prisoner, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment under the Frontier Crime Regulations.
The order was issued by Justice Qaiser Rasheed Khan while hearing the writ petition of a family contending that Imran was sentenced to five years of imprisonment by the Assistant Commissioner of the Mohmand agency under the Frontier Crime Regulations (FCR) for his alleged involvement in terrorism.
The petition submitted through senior lawyer Rashid Ahmad added that instead of the five years imprisonment, Imran has completed six years in jail now but they are unable to release him from the prison as the Assitant Commissioner is not signing his released order.
“Six years have passed, but he is still incarcerated while the district administration is not providing any details about his release,” the petitioner’s lawyer told the court. He has also sought strict punishment for the AC and other responsible officials for keeping a person in illegal custody.
The lawyer told the court that they have visited the district administration but they couldn’t provide any details about Imran’s release from the prison. Due to which they’ve submitted a petition to the Peshawar High Court after the high courts’ jurisdiction was extended to the tribal districts with the abolishment of FCR, known as the black law, and merger of tribal areas with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The PHC during the first hearing of the case had directed the assistant commissioner to submit a response to the case, but he failed to comply with the order. After which two more notices were issued by the court but the AC neither submit a response in the case nor appeared before the court.
The Assistant Advocate General Qaisar Ali Shah, who appeared before the bench from the KP government side, told the court that they have also tried to contact him several times, but received no response from the office of the district administration of Mohmand district.
On this, Justice Qaiser issued the Assistance Commissioner a show-cause notice and ordered the concerned authority to stop his salaries until he appeared before the court in the case.