PHC concludes arrangements for extension of Regular courts to Tribal Districts

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday notified that all arrangements for the extension of regular courts for the newly merged tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been completed.

The notification issued by the registrar of the high court said that they are now waiting for the provincial governments’ notification to declare all the 07 new districts as Session Divisions and sanction the required posts.

“The regular Courts will work for safeguarding the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people of the newly merged districts who were deprived of their rights since independence,” said the notification. “We are now waiting for the necessary notifications of Provincial Government as the PHC has completed all the arrangements.”

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy has started spadework beforehand while the FATA reforms and its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were being contemplated by the federal and provincial government.

In July this year, the PHC had moved a summary to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa seeking notification for the establishment of Session Courts and Courts of Senior Civil Judge in the newly created districts after the merger of FATA.

“It is hoped that necessary arrangements shall be carried out by the Government at the earliest so that this state of uncertainty be settled,” said the notification.

After the merger, to fill the legal vacuum, the federal government has enforced the FATA interim regulations which were ultra vires to the Constitution and had set a timeline of 30 days for the establishment of regular courts in the erstwhile FATA.