AJK SC gives one week to implement education package

MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Supreme Court in a contempt case, gave a deadline of one week to government for implementing an education package announced by the former Pakistan Peoples Party.

Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Ibrahim Zia issued these directives while hearing a contempt petition filled by Pakistan Peoples Party leaders Ch. Latif Akbad, Mian Waheed and others seeking contempt proceedings against the government for noncompliance of apex courts orders.

The former Pakistan Peoples Party government in AJK has upgraded dozens of schools and colleges creating hundreds of new posts of teachers and others under an education package which was withdrawn by the present government soon after it came into power.

Pakistan peoples party than took the matter in High Court which partially restored the package and then issue traveled to Supreme Court which order the government to maintained the status of institutions already upgraded and students were enrolled and take a judicious decision about rest of the institution under the package on need basis.

During the proceedings in the courts, staff from the up-graded schools and colleges was taken back and student enrolled were directed to go other institutions having the status of colleges.

The orders of the apex court were still pending to be implemented on which former Minister Ch. Latif Akbar and Mian Waheed moved the court through a contempt petition against the government.

Chief justice while taking up the petition had sought a report from the Secretary Education (Colleges) by October 3 , during the previous hearing about implementations of the apex courts earlier order and record of the institutions.

The government could not submit the compliance report before the apex court on October 3. On noncompliance of orders, Chief Justice expressed anguish and granted one week time on the request of Advocate General Raza Ali Khan to furnish the report before it.