IHC sets noble example, fixes senior citizen’s petition for hearing

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—An Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench has accepted application, first of its kind, giving priority of hearing to the Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) of an 85-year old person after issuance of a circular regarding priority of the cases to the old age citizens, widows and orphans.
IHC circular issued last week by the registrar on behalf of the IHC Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi reads “The honorable Chief Justice has been pleased to order that priority for hearing be assigned to cases involving senior citizens (above age of 65 years), widows (who have not remarried) and orphans (whose both parents have expired).
The petition of Muhammad Rafique, a resident of village Langah Tehsil and District Chakwal, is pertaining to the development of the said village that is producing Oil & Gas and according to the petitioner not provided with its due share of development.
The petitioner through his counsel Muhammad Anwar Dar had filed application under the above said circular that is accepted and now his case is fixed for hearing next month.
Previously, the petition was dismissed by an IHC single bench comprising IHC chief justice, Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi while citing lack of jurisdiction and then the petitioner filed an ICA.
The petitioner adopted in the ICA that his village has been deprived of the basic facilities such as proper road infrastructure, schools, hospital, sewerage and supply of clean drinking water.
That during the last 50 years, the said village had got upgraded its Boys and Girls School from Primary to Middle level whereas the people of the area are in dire need of at least a Boys and Girls Degree Colleges for the children of the village.