PESHAWAR, Oct 10: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa director general (prosecution) Arif Khattak on Wednesday directed the Swat district public prosecutor to issue guidelines to the joint investigation team in the Malala Yousafzai attack case, saying under the law, it was his directorate’s responsibility to supervise the investigation.

The prosecutor was also told to ensure his availability to JIT round the clock and dispatch of a report on the progress of the case to the prosecution directorate on daily basis.

“Being a high-profile case, you are directed to personally issue guidelines to the joint investigation team of the case under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prosecution Service (Constitution, Function and Powers) Act, 2005,” Mr Khattak wrote to the district prosecutor in an order sent on Wednesday.

The FIR of the attack was registered at Saidu Sharif police station in Swat under sections 324 and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act.

The FIR was registered on the complaint of an injured student, Ms Shazia, who was travelling with Malala in the same van when unidentified people fired at them.

Under the prosecution law, public prosecutors are empowered to supervise investigation in all cases.

All police stations have to examine the same and inform police about any deficiency in it.

Furthermore, prosecutors have to lodge a case with the competent court for trial after receiving the final report.

Meanwhile, the Peshawar High Court Bar Association on Wednesday condemned the Malala Yousafzai attack.

By unanimously adopting a resolution in a meeting, a general body of the association declared Ms Malala a symbol of peace in the region.

President of the association Abdul Lateef Afridi chaired the meeting, where participants criticised security agencies for failing to contain extremists and maintain peace.

They demanded early arrest of attackers for exemplary punishment.

Participants said the attack on Malala was an act of cowardice and that the girl was a symbol of peace whose only crime was that she wanted education for her people.

Updated Oct 11, 2012 03:21am

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