SC deplores ‘harassment’ on highways
SC deplores ‘harassment’ on highways
Frontier Constabulary, Coast Guard told not to humiliate travellers
• AAG asked to furnish report by first week of December
• Report sought from NHA chairman on status of different highways
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has expressed dismay over the conduct of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and the Coast Guard (CG) and observed that both should perform their duties in a professional manner and not humiliate and insult travellers going to work through highways.
The observation was made during the hearing on the poor condition of the RCD Highway — also known as N-25 Balochistan Highway — by a two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel.
The suo motu case was initiated on reports of poor condition of the RCD Highway, Balochistan, which resulted in a number of fatal accidents.
The court’s attention was drawn towards complaints of constant harassment of travellers at the hands of the FC and CG on N-25 Balochistan Highway.
The court was also told that the vehicles plying on the highway were stopped occasionally at different points where the travellers were made to wait for hours in the name of checking.
Consequently, Additional Attorney General Sohail Mehmood was ordered to get instructions about the alleged conduct of the FC and CG and furnish a comprehensive report to the apex court before the first week of December when the matter would be taken up again.
The National Highway Authority (NHA) chairman was also directed to present a comprehensive report about the status of different highways in Pakistan.

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