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Kiln workers not bound to repay vicious debt: Athar Minallah

February 3rd, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Observing that the State has presently failed to abolish bonded labour, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah has remarked the labourers of brick kilns were not bound to repay vicious debt (peshgi) taken as advance payment of work. The court was hearing a case related to juvenile bonded labourers on Tuesday (February 2) in Islamabad. Chief Justice Athar Minallah said loaning of vicious debt was an illegal act according to a Supreme Court judgment. The court ordered the Islamabad district administration to launch an awareness campaign for the labourers at brick kilns informing them that they were free to switch jobs and were not bound to work against their will.