PHCBA demands release of men arrested over protest against checkpoints in Swat

Lawyers say they will move PHC against checkpoints


Hidayat Khan February 22, 2018
PHOTO COURTESY: JIBRAN NASIR

PESHAWAR:

The Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) passed a resolution on Thursday, objecting to the arrest of protesters in Swat who had come out on the streets against increase in security checkpoints and barriers in their areas and urging the government to withdraw the FIR registered against them.


PHCBA President Arbab Usman said such issues were “making people hostile towards the national institutions”. “They were holding a peaceful protest against the security check posts,” he said. “Registering FIR against them under Anti-Terrorism Act makes no sense.”

He said it was the duty of state institutions to resolve issues faced by the masses to avoid any unfavourable situation.

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The lawyer community stated that it intends to file a writ petition in the Peshawar High Court, challenging security check posts in the province. The lawyers stressed that the checkpoints should be handed over to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police if they are essential for national security.

“There is a need to submit a petition in the high court against the check points to resolve the issue peacefully,” said a senior lawyer, Mohammad Esa Khan.

Thousands of people of Swat took to the roads on February 18 against check-posts dotting the landscape of the picturesque valley — set up in the aftermath of militants wresting control of the area almost a decade ago. The move prompted strict action from the police who resorted to booking several protesters.

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