The provincial police department has been directed to solve the problem of unpaid salaries and other arrears of employees of the Police Public School Peshawar as a priority.
While hearing a petition filed by Rana Mehar Nigar, a Peshawar High Court bench comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Musarrat Hilali told the police department on Thursday that if it fails to comply with the court’s orders, the services of a charted accountant will be hired and a decision will be given based on his recommendations. Moreover, the court said the police department would have be pay for the chartered accountant.
The petitioner’s counsels Nasruminallah and Arshad Ali informed the court that salaries and other dues of 52 employees of the school have not been issued by the police department and despite several court orders, the arrears remain unreleased.
The bench expressed displeasure over an earlier statement made by the DIG Headquarters to shut down the school. The judges maintained that if any such step were taken by the police department, the court would take action against it.
The issue of the salaries has been in court since 2011. The PHC has issued several orders to the police department, but the arrears have still not been released even though the department’s representatives have given multiple assurances.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.