PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday constituted steering committee having a representation of all key stakeholders for establishing regular courts in erstwhile FATA, now merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at the earliest.
The committee will act as a bridge for ensuring coordination amongst key stakeholders to streamline and expedite the process of setting up courts in the merged districts. In this connection, PHC has written letters to KP Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police to nominate a focal person for the steering committee.
“The PHC is working on war footing to make courts functional in tribal districts,” claimed an official of the high court. Moreover, he said, High Court has also finalized an immediate and mid-term action plan. The steering committee is mandated for timely compliance of the plans that include recruitment, training of staff, and automation of record and infrastructure provision. “Both the immediate and mid-term action plan will run parallel,” He added.
“A policy decision has already been taken and makeshift courts would be established in adjourning districts to the erstwhile FATA for the time being,” said the official of PHC. KP government has sanctioned 907 posts including 7 posts of District and Session Judge, 14 posts of Additional District and Session Judge, 7 posts of Senior Civil Judge and 24 posts of Civil Judge in newly created districts after the merger of FATA.
As a first step the PHC has promoted 08 Additional District & Sessions Judges to District & Sessions Judge (BPS-21), similarly, 22 Senior Civil Judges have also been promoted as the Additional District & Sessions Judges (BPS-20); while 29 Civil Judges cum Judicial Magistrates have been promoted to Senior Civil Judges (BPS-19). The recruitment of staff shall be carried by the incumbent District & Sessions Judges from amongst the domiciled persons belonging to these newly merged Districts and strictly on merit.
The PHC has also directed the KP Judicial Academy to compile a compendium containing Riwaj (customs) of the newly created Districts by 31 May 2019 as an understanding of old laws, customs and procedure are very important as this transition stage of establishing of courts for the first time. A crash training course of incumbent Judicial Officers to be posted to these Districts have been devised by Judicial Academy and shall hopefully roll out in this week.