PHC refers UoP-UET land dispute to governor
The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday referred a dispute between the University of Peshawar (UoP) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor for resolution.
In a writ petition filed in the high court, the University of Peshawar took the plea that under the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Act 1980, the UET was bound to vacate the buildings and land if required. It stated that UET was a college under the UoP till 1980 and then became a university under the UET Act.
When a PHC division bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi took up the petition, UoP lawyer Syed Mohammad Attique Shah contended that under Section 64 of the UET Act, the UET was bound to vacate its buildings and land to UoP and shift to another place.
He submitted that on August 29, 2009, UoP had given a notice to UET to vacate the buildings and land, but UET refused to do so. Besides, he said, UET had promised to pay rent to UoP for using its buildings, but this was not done. He said that UoP required its buildings and land for further expansion, but UET despite promise had started new construction on UoP land.
The bench observed that under Section 64 (c) of the UET Act, if a dispute arose between the two universities, then the governor of the province, who is chancellor of universities, has the power to resolve it. The bench referred the case to Governor Barrister Syed Masood Kausar so that it could be resolved.
Another PHC bench on Wednesday issued contempt notices to the secretary education schools and literacy department, secretary to government on Fata and director education for non-compliance with the court orders regarding transfer of a female teacher.
Rasheeda had filed a contempt petition against officials of the Education Department for non-compliance with PHC orders regarding her transfer from North Waziristan to Charsadda or other nearest station.
When a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel started hearing the case, the petitioner’s lawyer, Aman Khan, contended that the high court on February 17, 2010 directed the secretary and director education to transfer the female teacher to Charsadda, her hometown or other nearest station, but the officials concerned did not comply with the court order till date.
He said that under the posting and transfer policy, a teacher can only stay at one station for three years, but the female teacher was serving in the volatile North Waziristan Agency for the past 10 years and still the officials concerned rejected her transfer appeal. The news