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PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court is all set to extend regular courts to the tribal districts for safeguarding the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the tribal people.

According to an official communiqué issued here on Monday, the PHC was waiting for the necessary notifications by the provincial government to declare the seven new districts as session divisions and create/sanction the required posts.

It said as early as in July this year, the high court had moved a summary to the chief minister seeking notification for establishment of session courts and courts of senior civil judge in the newly-created tribal districts.

The official communiqué hoped that necessary arrangements would be carried out at the earliest to end the state of uncertainty. It said the Supreme Court in a human rights case in the matter regarding required system in the tribal areas after the 25th constitutional amendment had taken notice of the situation and the provincial government was served notices.

It is to mention here that the PHC recently declared the interim Governance Regulation, 2018, as ultra vires of the constitution and had set a 30-day timeline for establishment of regular courts in the former Fata.

Published in Dawn, December 18th, 2018

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