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- Monday, May 28, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: A panel of lawyers from the tribal areas and an NGO have decided to defend Dr Shakeell Afridi in the court of commissioner, Frontier Crimes Regulation in his appeal against his 33- years imprisonment.


A panel of lawyers from the tribal areas including Samiullah Afridi, Qamar Nadeem, Raza Khan and Taj Mahal Afridi submitted their joint power of attorney in the Peshawar Central Prison for the approval of Dr Afridi on Saturday. “We have submitted power of attorney to defend Dr Shakeel Afridi in his appeal against conviction,” Samiullah Afridi, a senior lawyer from Fata, told The News on Sunday.


He said Dr Afridi’s brother Jamil had contacted the Fata lawyers for assistance and filing of appeal against the conviction. “We have also applied for detailed order of the assistant political agent about the conviction of Dr Shakeel Afridi,” he said, adding that first the political authorities were unwilling to provide the duly attested copy of the order, but later they promised to provide it today (May 28).


The Legal Aid Welfare Organisation (LAWO), a non-governmental organisation, has also decided to provide legal assistance to Dr Afridi in his appeal against conviction. Sartaj Ahmed, vice chairman of the LAWO, told The News that the organisation would provide free legal aid to Dr Afridi in his appeal to the Commissioner FCR.


He said the LAWO panel of lawyers, including Fazal Shah, Ahmad Yar and Shaukat Ghulam, would defend Dr Afridi in the case. “We will submit joint power of attorney of the lawyers after a meeting today,” he added.


However, Fata Lawyers Forum (FLF) president Muhammad Ijaz Mohmand said the tribal lawyers were not contesting the case of Dr Afridi from the FLF platform. Dr Afridi can file an appeal against his conviction in the court of the FCR commissioner.