Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa set to have its first female Chief Justice as PHC judges retire

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is set to have its first female chief justice as two senior judges of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) are retiring this week. After their retirement, Justice Musarrat Hilali will become the senior-most PHC judge, making her the first female PHC chief justice until her retirement on August 7.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan has yet to summon a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan to consider the nomination of the new PHC CJ. Justice Musarrat may be appointed as an acting CJ first before being recommended as a permanent PHC CJ. 

The appointment is seen as a positive development and a milestone in judicial history, especially for women in the province. Some lawyers expressed disappointment over the non-nomination of PHC judges for elevation to the Supreme Court.

National Book Foundation to Publish Religious Textbooks for Minority Students in Pakistan

Religious textbooks will be published by the National Book Foundation (NBF) for students of seven minority religious groups, a first in the country’s history. 

The National Curriculum Council (NCC) has granted no-objection certificates (NOCs) to publish textbooks on Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Bahai, Zoroastrianism, Kalasha, and Buddhism for students in federal government-run educational institutions. 

The religious textbooks will initially be published in Urdu language and will be free from any cultural, linguistic, or ethnic prejudice. The textbooks will adhere to the National Curriculum for Religious Education and will not contain any material against any religion or the state of Pakistan.


Ghotki Police Kill Notorious Dacoit Mansoor Solangi in Encounter

Ghotki police announced on Sunday that they killed Mansoor Solangi, a notorious dacoit wanted for killing a police officer and many other serious crimes. 

The encounter took place within the A-Section police station’s jurisdiction, where the police challenged Solangi and his gang. The gangsters fired at the police team, resulting in an exchange of fire in which Solangi sustained fatal injuries. His associates fled the scene. 

The police spokesperson said they found a pistol next to Solangi’s body, which they took into custody.

Prayer Leader Booked for Drugging and Raping Youth in Gujrat Mosque

A prayer leader in Gujrat has been accused of drugging and raping a youth from Sohaal village. The complainant, who is a Hafiz of holy Quraan, said that the accused approached him by phone and asked him to lead the Taraweeh prayers in his mosque. 

The accused then served him drugged food and raped him. The police have registered a case against the suspect under section 377 of Pakistan Penal Code and have started investigating the matter.



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