PHCBA asks for special bench to hear cases of tribal districts

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) on Friday asked high court officials to form a special bench to decide the cases of the people of the erstwhile federally administered tribal areas on priority bases.

The lawyer’s body also opposed the high court’s move of transferring the cases of Bajaur tribal district to Darul Qaza or the Mingora registry of the Peshawar high court. The lawyer body took the decisions during the general body meeting on Friday. The lawyer’s body said that the case bench should be formed in PHC to hear only the cases of tribal areas so that they can get immediate justice.

“People of the province have the right to register their cases wherever they want. There should be no restrictions imposed on them” said Yasir Khattak, the General Secretary of the Peshawar high court Bar association while talking with media persons. “We will strongly oppose the High Court move to limit the people of Bajaur to Mingora bench of the PHC.”

Yasir Khattak said that they have formed a committee of senior lawyers of the PHC to meet the registrar of the high court and inform him about the concern of the lawyer community. The court has transferred all the ongoing cases of the Bajaur tribal district to Darul Qaza which the lawyers believe will put the lawyers and their clients in trouble.

In order to ease out the increasing burden on the Peshawar High Court, the registrar of PHC issued a notification under which cases of all the seven tribal districts and Frontier regions were divided on its five registries of the high court. The high court has announced that they will also hire five more judges but first will complete the 20-judge strength of the court. Currently, the high court has the 18 judges.

The Bannu registry will hear the cases of two tribal districts, North and South Waziristan and three Frontier Regions, FR Lakki and Tank. The Mingora registry will hear the cases of Bajaur tribal district. The jurisdiction of Dera Ismail Khan Bench has also been extended to FR Darzinda. The high court has directed the immediate transfer all the ongoing cases of the residents of Bajaur to Mingora.