PESHAWAR - Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Dost Muhammad Khan on Thursday observed that due to lack of proper legislation and effective laws, terrorists being easily released from jails for which the government is blaming the judiciary. "It needs amendments in the counter terrorism laws," he stated this while addressing a concluding session of lawyers training programme at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy.
The chief justice remarked that government was going to bring another Anti-Terrorism Law but that too would be ineffective until and unless Article 10-A of Constitution exists under which every citizen whether it was a terrorist or common citizen has the right of fair trial.
"On one hand the government is not making effective legislation to deal with militants and on other hand it blames the courts for releasing militants," the chief justice said, adding the government should bring effective Anti-Terrorism Law and consult with legal experts and relevant stakeholders in this connection.
He maintained that wrong decisions of former military dictators had plunges the country into chaos. He urged the nation to unite and get the country rid of the present crises.
Unfortunately, he said after the death of founder of the nation, the country went into the hands of dictators and bureaucrats and they use it for their own interests. He said that military dictators did not give a chance to the political leadership and that was why today they have lacked experience how to get rid the country of the current situation.
Due to wave of terrorism, he said neither the common citizens of this province were safe nor investors wanted to come and invest in this part of the country. About the Mobile Court, he said today it had decided 31 cases, including those running from 10 years in regular courts through mediation, which was a great achievement. He also hailed the lawyers' role in the independence of judiciary.
Ishtiaq Ibrahim, President Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA), also spoke on the occasion and thanked the PHC chief justice for starting training for lawyers in the judicial academy regarding their professional responsibilities, code of conduct, legal ethics and lawyers' role in Islamic society.
Police arrest 2 militants in Mattni: Peshawar police in a successful crackdown arrested two Taliban militants in Mattni area of Peshawar on Thursday.
Sources said both the arrested persons were wanted by police in various incidents of terrorism. The crackdown was launched in Haigai area of Mattni where police during search operation arrested two militants. Police also recovered weapons from their possessions.
It is to be mentioned here that last night armed persons attacked a police check post in Zangali area, however, the militants made their escape by taking advantage of night darkness. Police also exchanged firing with armed militants however no human and property losses were reported. Later Police during search operation in Mattni area arrested two armed miscreants from a house in Haigai area, however, it was not confirmed that weather they were involved in the attack on police check post.