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- Friday, August 16, 2013 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday issued notices to Ministry of Interior and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to submit replies to a writ petition seeking Kalashnikov permits for the lawyer community of the province.


A two-member bench comprising Justice Nisar Hussain Khan and Justice Musarrat Hilali issued the notice in a writ petition of two lawyers including Shabir Hussain Gigyani and Farmanullah alias Seelab.


The bench directed both the Ministry of Interior and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to submit reply to the writ petition and explain as to why Kalashnikov permits were not issued to the lawyer community of the province after their repeated demands and commitment by the government officials.


The petitioners submitted before the bench that the federal government had issued Kalashnikov permits to both the members of national and provincial assemblies and senators for self-protection, but the federal government was not issuing Kalashnikov permits to the lawyers of the province even after repeated demands and assurance of the former interior


minister. The lawyers contended that lawyer community was under attack in the province and they needed Kalashnikov permits for own security.


The lawyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are under attacks as a senior lawyer Malik Jarar was killed by unidentified target killers. On February 12, PHC Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan took suo moto notice of targetted killing of Malik Jarar.


After the target killing of the senior colleague, the PHCBA had sent an application to the PHC chief justice, requesting him to take suo moto notice of the killing.


Malik Jarar, who was elected council member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, was gunned down by an unidentified motorcyclist in Gulbahar Colony on February 8, 2013. He was taking his two sons to school when he was shot dead.


Prior to this incident, several persons belonging to the Shia sect, including two doctors and a local trader, were killed and Additional District and Sessions Judge Ihtesham Ali was also shot and critically wounded in an another attack in Peshawar.


Senior lawyer Zain Khan Khalil, who was kidnapped from Peshawar on September 30, 2010, is still missing as the kidnappers shifted him to Khyber Agency after abduction. The political agent of Khyber Agency had told PHC that the kidnappers had shifted the lawyer to Tirah valley and the political administration had no access to that area.