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PHC appoints amici curiae in repeated arrest cases

December 10, 2023

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Saturday sought assistance of two senior lawyers on a writ petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) former lawmakers against their repeated arrests in cases despite getting bails.

A two-member bench of the PHC consisting of Chief Justice Mohammad Ibrahim Khan and Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim appointed senior lawyers Shabbir Hussain Gigyani and Barrister Aamirullah Khan Chamkani amici curiae (friends of court) to assist the court on the petition filed by the PTI leaders against their repeated arrests in cases despite being on bail.

 
The Peshawar High Court building. — PHC website
The Peshawar High Court building. — PHC website

The bench was hearing the writ petition of the PTI leader and former speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser and former Member National Assembly Mujahid Ali Khan against their repeated arrests. The court issued a short order about the appointment of senior lawyers Shabbir Hussain Gigyani and Barrister Aamirullah Khan Chamkani as amici curiae. The two lawyers would assist the court on the legal points raised in the petition.

The petitioners contended that the government arrested them in connection with another case when they secured bail in one case. Syed Sikandar Hayat Shah and Sher Afzal Marwat appeared on behalf of the petitioners. The advocate general requested the court to give him some more time to study the case before submitting the reply.