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High court seeks DC’s reply on arrest of six PTI activists

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has sought a detailed reply from the deputy commissioner of Upper Chitral district in a petition challenging detention of six activists of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance.

A bench consisting of Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Fazal Subhan fixed July 27 for the next hearing of the  petition filed by the arrested PTI activities with the direction that the deputy commissioner should provide details about the allegations against the detainees on the basis of which the impugned detention orders were issued.

The petitioners have requested the court to declare as illegal and unconstitutional the impugned orders issued by the two deputy commissioner.

The Upper Chitral DC issued the orders on July 16 under section 3 of the MPO for detaining the six petitioners, including Mohammad Haroon.

In each of the impugned orders the DC claimed that that the petitioner was involved in activities, which were prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of public order in the area, resulting in law and order situation in the district.

Those arrested were identified as Deedar Wali Munir, Muhammad Haroon, Babar Ali, Shoaib Munir, Saleem Raees, and Ihsanl Haq.

A lawyer appeared for the petitioners and contended that the petitioners were law abiding citizens and were never involved in any crime.

He contended that the impugned orders were illegal, unlawful and against the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan, hence untenable and liable to be set aside.

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