PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday made it clear it did not issue orders to stay college admissions, and directed concerned authorities to continue with the essential procedures.
The directions were issued by a PHC division bench comprising Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk and Justice Yahya Afridi while hearing an application filed by Advocate Essa Khan challenging the newly-devised policy for obtaining a domicile certificate.
On July 1, the PHC accepted Khan’s petition which contended the domicile form’s price had increased from Rs10 to Rs30. The petition also stated the forms, which were earlier available at stationery stalls, could now only be collected from the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office according to the new policy. Additionally, Khan claimed getting the forms signed by patwaris as per the policy created further problems.
The court later ordered educational institutions to accept admission applications with B forms (birth certificates) and observed the domicile certificate could be demanded at the time of admission.
However, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on July 5 issued a statement directing all educational institutions to stop their admission processes as, according to the commission, the PHC had stayed the procedure.
On Tuesday, the bench clarified its position and ordered colleges to continue with admissions. The case was then adjourned till Wednesday (today).
Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2013.