PHC stops govt from closing RITE

PESHAWAR:April 20: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday stopped the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government from closing the Regional Institute for Teachers Education (RITE) in Charsadda and directed the secretary Education and director Schools and Literacy to explain the government’s position at the next hearing in the case. Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Dost Muhammad Khan took suo moto notice on an application from the RITE students against the provincial government’s move to close down the institute and use its building for a hospital spread on 3.1 acres of land. A two-member bench comprising the chief justice and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth also suspended the government’s notification and restrained it from expelling the female teachers from the hostel and closing down the institute. The female students of the institute, which is run through a foreign funded project, claimed in the application that the provincial government had decided to shut the institute. As a first step towards the closure of the institute, the students claimed the provincial government had notified female teachers to vacate the hostel. In the application, they prayed the high court to set aside the government’s notification. The students also staged protest outside the PHC against the provincial government move.The institute was set up with the help of the GTZ, a German development institution in 1993 for education purpose, particularly for female teachers. The same bench in another case issued notice to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) Commandant, directing him to explain the position over the killing of a FC soldier about whom the FC claimed he had committed suicide. His family members claimed he had died of severe torture. Shehzad, a resident of Peshawar had filed writ petition, claiming that his son Muhammad Bilal was serving the FC and on October 29, 2011 he was informed that his son had committed suicide during duty time. He said he did not believe that his son had committed suicide. He later submitted an application for the autopsy of his son. In the post-mortem report signs of severe torture were found on his son’s body and thus he claimed his son had been killed after subjecting him to severe torture.The news.

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