PESHAWAR, 24 November: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has declared 24 hours duty of school watchmen illegal and ordered that they should perform eight-hour duty.

A two-member bench of the court issued the orders on Wednesday over a petition filed by Akbar Khan Mohmand. The petitioner’s lawyer, Sardar Ali Raza told the court during the hearing that watchmen in different schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are subjected to 24 hours duty which is against the Pakistani and international laws. The lawyer said the monitoring teams make deductions from the salaries of the watchmen if they go to home in the morning after performing duties in the night.

The court after hearing the arguments decided the case in favour of the petitioner and observed that more than eight hours duty was illegal.