Pensioners approached Peshawar High Court

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: Retired employees of Islamia College has challenged stoppage of pension by University of Peshawar (UOP) in which Vice Chancellor and Treasurer UOP at Peshawar High Court (PHC).

The writ petition has filed by Professor Sher Haider along 261 others including widows of retired employees of while Nazeer Ahmad Advocate will represent the petitioners and argued that employees were retired before establishment Islamia College University.

The writ further added that UOP has stopped pension of petitioner from August 2022 on the grounds that they were employees of Islamia College University and the varsity didn’t liable to pay their pensions.

The petition argued that petitioners were retired before establishment of Islamia College University while UOP was functioning Islamia College administratively and financially. The petition added that stoppage of pension has created several problems for retired employees and claimed that petitioners had knocked doors of competent authorities but to no veil.

The writ argued that UOP has taken unconstitutional step while requested to direct Vice Chancellor and Treasurer to release pension immediately and timely. Because in the light of Supreme Court of Pakistan decisions, retired employees cannot be deprived from pension.

PHC orders Secretary to submit reply in COC: A divisional bench of Peshawar High Court (PHC) comprising of Justice Lal Jan Khattak and Justice Ijaz Anwar ordered Secretary Communication and Works (C&W) to submit reply in Contempt of Court (COC) filed Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) deprived from promotion, on Thursday.

The COC was filed by Sub-divisional Officer C&W Mardan Naimat Gul seeking implementation of court’s orders for promotion of B. Tech on quota.

The counsel for petitioner Abdur Rauf Rohila Advocate informed that other departments have allocated quota for B. Tech holders but only C&W does not promote them from SDOs position.

The counsel argued that PHC has already issued orders to constitute a committee for the matter to decided the fate of B. Tech degree holders but C&W didn’t implement court’s order and playing delaying tactics.

The counsel Abdur Rauf Advocate further argued that most of employees are merge of retirement while several had already retired. He added that if the petitioners did not promoted then it will violate their rights while PHC has ordered Secretary C&W to submit reply.