Owing to growing security concerns in the district, the session judge Haripur on Saturday asked all non-judicial petition writers (waseeka navees) to leave the court premises within 10 days.
The 26 petition writers, however, have requested the judge to review his decision saying that it would “deprive them of their source of sustenance”.
The petition writers were told to vacate the premises of Haripur district courts, which they had been occupying for the last several years, by District and Session Judge Haripur Aiman Zia Khan during his visit to the courts. The order was pasted on the entrance gates and inside the court premises, asking the petition writers to leave the area with their belongings within 10 days.
The same judge had verbally told them to vacate but they did not comply and continued writing non-judicial petitions and registration deeds of land. The judge appealed to the public to abstain from getting judicial work done from these petition writers, saying they are not entitled to carry out these activities under the law.
However, the petition writers claim they have been working at the district courts for several years with the approval of District Revenue Officer (DRO) Haripur.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 27th, 2012.
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