PHC dispose-off 2 writs on submission of record

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: A divisional bench of Peshawar High Court (PHC) comprising of Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim and Justice Ijaz Anwar disposed-off writ petition of former Member National Assembly (MNA) Anwar and tehsil mayor Swabi Atta Ullah on submission of record of cases registered against them, on Wednesday.

However, Justice Ijaz Anwar remarked if cases are registering for political victimization then people shouldn’t trust Anti-Corruption while Assistant Advocate General Barrister Yasin Raza, Assistant Director Anti-corruption Farrukh Ser and In-charge Charsadda appeared before court.

One case at Anti-corruption Establishment and three other cases with police are registered First Information Reports (FIRs) against former MNA Anwar Taj at Mardan circle, PHC told during hearing.

PHC further informed that one case is under proceeding against tehsil Mayor Swabi Atta Ullah with Anti-corruption while there is no other cases him while Shah Faisal Advocate on behalf of petitioners appeared before court.

The counsel argued that cases are registering on daily while they are obtaining record on court directives, however, Barrister Yasin Raza argued that all available information has been produced before court and requested for disposal of the writ.

PHC has dispose-off both writ petitions of former MNA and tehsil mayor Swabi on provision of record before court.

Meanwhile, PHC has ordered Deputy Commissioner Kohat to appear before court on next hearing along with record of cases registered against former Federal Minister Shehryar Afridi under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).

Assistant Advocate General Barrister Yasin Raza on behalf of provincial government and counsel for petitioner Shah Faisal Ottomankhel advocate appeared before court during hearing.

The counsel argued that Shehryar Afridi is behind the bars from 46 days under MPO while competent authorities didn’t informed regarding number of cases registered against him. He further added that court has ordered for submission on previous hearing but provincial government didn’t compliance to the PHC orders.

The counsel further argued that Shehryar Afridi was nominated in case under MPO when he was behind the bar, while Justice Ijaz Anwar inquired how can a prisoner shall book in the case under public order.

PHC has ordered DC Kohat to appear before court on next hearing and directed provincial government to submit record of cases registered against Shehryar Afridi.