Civil courts start functioning in tribal districts of KP

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PESHAWAR: Civil courts have finally started functioning in the tribal districts the erstwhile Federally Administrated Tribal Agencies (Fata) here on Monday.
Tens of thousands of civil and criminal cases — earlier pending before the political administration — have now been shifted to the newly installed civil courts.
In all, 28 judicial officers — seven district and sessions judges, seven senior civil judges and 14 additional sessions and districts judges — have been posted to seven merged tribal districts as members of district judiciary. Public prosecutors have also been appointed on peremptory basis.
Judge Shahid Khan has been appointed as district and sessions judge for district Khyber, Judge Nasruallah Khan for Bajaur, Judge Salahuddin for Kurram, Judge Kareem Arshad for South Waziristan, Judge Asghar Shah for Orakzai, Judge Asad Hameed for Mohmand and Judge Mamraz Khan has been appoint for North Waziristan.
For now, plaintiffs from tribal districts will have to visit their neighbouring district to file a case in a court of law. As the proper installation of courts, including their buildings and chambers for counsels, cost funds worth billions of rupees, the appointed judges have started working on temporary basis in settled districts adjoining to the respective tribal districts.
On Thursday, Peshawar High Court registrar Khwaja Wajihuddin had said, “Initially, these judicial officers have to work in the settled districts adjoining tribal districts. With the passage of time and establishment of proper courts in tribal districts, they will start working in that region.”


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