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Indian terrorists case: IHC seeks ministry’s comments

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday sought written comments from the interior ministry in petitions filed by Indian High Commission seeking release of its eight citizens allegedly involved in terrorist and espionage activities in Pakistan.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah, hearing the case, also instructed that the senior officials on behalf of interior and foreign affairs secretaries must appear before the bench on the next date of hearing.

The court also clubbed this petition with another identical petition of the Indian High Commission pertaining to its eight citizens sentenced in terrorist activities.

Deputy Attorney General Tayyab Shah pleaded before the bench that he would give his answer on the next hearing after taking instructions from the federal government in that regard.

Indian High Commission’s lawyer Shahnawaz Noon appeared before the court and claimed that the prisoners had completed their imprisonment sentences in Pakistani jails.

IHC seeks federation’s comments in case seeking internet for tribal areas: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday granted time to deputy attorney general to submit answer in a case seeking provision of 4G internet service in tribal areas of the country.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing in a case pertaining to the provision of internet services in tribal areas filed by some students.

At the outset of hearing, the petitioner’s lawyer Abdul Raheem Advocate adopted the stance that the internet services in said areas were suspended since 2016. The bench remarked that all the districts after merger of FATA had become the part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Internet services were rights of every citizen, Justice Minallah said and observed that the court could pass any directives to the provincial government.

The chief justice remarked that there was a Parliament and its elected members in the country, his court was not a political forum.

Deputy Attorney General pleaded that petitioners had addresses of federal capital and they were having the internet facility here to this the bench remarked that all the citizens had equal rights, this facility should also be provided in villages.

The court seeks comments from federation within one week and adjourned hearing of the case.

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