The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the commission looking into bonded labour in the federal capital to hear out the brick kiln owners as well.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, presiding over the proceeding on Wednesday, said it was better if the commission also recorded the stance of the brick kiln owners.
The counsel of the brick kiln owners said that they were also against bonded labour. He stated that the commission compiled the report without listening to them and asserted that there was no case of bonded labour in Islamabad.
A commission member, Umer Gilani, said that the priorities of the government could be determined from the fact that only two labour inspectors were working in Islamabad.
Minallah lamented that human beings were being kept like animals even in the 21st century. He remarked that it was the job of the executive and they would not interfere in it.
The court ordered the commission to continue its work and ensure the implementation of its recommendations.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 25th, 2021.