PESHAWAR - The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister and the provincial assembly speaker to appear in person in a disqualification case and remarked why they should not be stopped from working till disposal of the case.

A two-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Malik Manzoor, issued ex-parte order in a writ petition filed for the disqualification of KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser as they neither hired their lawyers nor did they appear in person in the case.

The court issued a notice to the KP chief secretary to file comments in the case within 15 days. The bench stopped the additional advocate generals (AAGs) from appearing on behalf of the CM and the speaker after the petitioner’s objection that the law officers could not contest the case for the chief minister and the speaker as they were parties in the case by name and they should defend themselves through their own lawyers or by appearing in person. The court held both the chief minister and the speaker should submit replies in the case through their lawyers.

On the previous hearing, the court had issued notices to the chief minister and the speaker, asking them to respond to the petition which sought their disqualification for joining the civil disobedience movement launched by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Peshawar High Court C Bar Association Secretary Muhammad Ayaz Khan had filed the petition which also sought the court order to stop the CM and the speaker from continuing in their respective offices until the case was disposed of. The petitioner said while taking oath of the office, the chief minister had undertaken to discharge his duties in accordance with the Constitution and the law and in the interest of sovereignty, integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country.

He said the chief minister had also stated on oath that he would preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. “PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced the start of the civil disobedience movement in the country and very next day the chief minister endorsed that statement, violating his oath of office as well as his obligations under the Constitution,” he said.

The petitioner said the chief minister had been heading a federating unit and he was supposed to abide by the Constitution. He said the speaker of the provincial assembly, too, had taken oath under the Constitution, swearing that he would preserve and protect the Constitution, but by joining the civil disobedience movement, he had violated his oath.

The petitioner prayed to the court to disqualify the chief minister and the speaker for their respective offices and that they were no longer eligible to occupy the same.

Police arrest ‘killer’ of 2 women: Peshawar police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested an accused involved in the cold-blooded murder of two women and recovered gold and looted amount from his possession. Police said an employ of federal government Jamil Anwar son of Anwar Sadiqi, resident of Faqirabad No-1, registered an FIR of the murder of his mother and sister. Jamil said that his wife telephoned him that she came from the house of her father but doors of the house are locked from inside.

The complainant said that when he reached his house from Islamabad, a large number of people gathered at there. He said that he climbed to the second floor of his house and found his mother and sister lying in the pool of blood and dacoits had also looted 30 tola gold armaments and Rs45,000 cash.

Taking action on the report, chief capital city police constituted a team under supervision of SSP investigation Maswood Khalil and DSP Riaz Ahmadm, who after detail investigation arrested Imran son of Ziarat Gul, resident of Mahla Saeed Abad.