LHC orders release of 9 brick kiln workers

LAHORE    -    The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday or­dered the release of nine brick kiln workers, including three women and six children. Justice Muhammad Waheed Khan passed the orders while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Faiz Ullah for the production and release of the workers. Earlier, a bailiff produced the kiln workers before the court after recovering them from the custody of kiln owner, Aslam Siddiqui. The bailiff reported that the workers had been detained by the kiln owner. The petitioner’s counsel argued before the court that the re­spondent owner was extracting forced labour from the workers and they were not being paid according to the market rates. However, the re­spondent’s counsel submitted that the workers had received advance cash and were being paid regularly. The court, allowing the petition, or­dered the release of workers.

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