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Message of Hon'able District & Sessions Judge, Torghar

District Courts are part of the judicial hierarchy envisioned by the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan that is mandated to administer justice amongst the citizens. An institution without a vision is like a ship without a rudder that can be sailed by the winds in any direction. As a matter of fact, district Torghar is a newly created entity where ordinary courts is a novel phenomenon. For 64 years, the citizens of Torghar remained deprived from the fruits of ordinary law and courts as jirga was the sole grievance redressal mechanism where all the time power prevailed. In this backdrop, my vision is to deeply entrench the system of administration of justice in the social life of the tribal populace so as to earn their confidence. Justice must not only be done but it must also seem to have been done. With malice toward none and with charity for all must be the guiding principle for a judicial office holder. The District Judiciary must strive to feel their presence in the masses through their verdicts so as to earn respect and confidence of the masses and to invoke mercy of Almighty Allah. I, on behalf of the District Judiciary Torghar, being head of the institution assure the inhabitants/residents of Torghar that we will leave no stone unturned while resolving their grievances. 

"Verily, Allah commands that you should render back the trusts to those, to whom they are due; and that venue judge between men, you judge with justice. Verily, how excellent is the teaching which He (Allah) gives you!  Truly, Allah is Ever All Hearer, All Seer" 

 

MS. SHAHNAZ HAMEED KHATTAK DISTRICT & SESSIONS JUDGE, TORGHAR

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Torghar At A Glance:

Torghar (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), formarly known as Kala Dhaka emerged as a district on the map of Pakistan in 2011. It was part of district Mansehra as PATA region. The area is inhabited by Pashtun Yousafzai tribes comprising Akazai, Hassanzai, Madakhel, Basikhel and Nusratkhel. It was a buffer zone between Yousafzai State of Swat and Amb State of Tanawal. Pashto is the main language spoken by the populace. It is the smallest district of Pakistan having an area of 497 sq.km, consisting of 02 tehsils and 11 Union Councils. Judba is the District Headquarter which houses the offices of the District Administration, District Police and site for Judicial Complex.

Topographically, it lies between 34°32' and 34°50'N and 72°48' and 72°58'E. To its southeast Agror valley and Tanawal areas of District Mansehra are situated, towards its west and south west stretches District Buner and District Swabi, whereas District Batagram lay towards its northeast, District Shangla stretches towards its northwest, while District Haripur touches its extreme southern edge.

Plain area is scarce while its terrain is rough and tough. It is entirely mountainous stretching 25 to 30 miles from north to south with an altitude of 8000 ft above sea level. From northwards to southwards of Torghar, flows the mighty Indus river which is used for navigation and is central to the social and cultural life of the inhabitants. The highest peak of the black mountains is known as Machai Sar which is 9817 ft from sea level.

The upper parts of the mountains are covered with thick forests of fine, oak, sycamore, horse chestnut, and wild cherry while the slopes are stony and barren. Like other parts of Hazara Division, it has beautiful tourist destinations that include Machai Sar peak and Panja Gali which remain unexplored and need to be developed as tourists attractions. It is aloof from rest of the region as it was not on road to anywhere which factor is responsible for its perverse poverty, underdevelopment and economic vows. The only road that traverses Torghar is Darband to Thakot road which now touches Hazara Motorway on both ends. The settlements are scattered and people live in mud houses built mostly on mountains. It is a conservative society, where one can manifestly see Pakhtunwali in full bloom. The people are highly hospitable and friendly.

Infiltration of militants and safe heavens for outlawed elements have ceased after being accorded the status of a settled district. With the introduction of courts and law enforcement agencies, it is now one of the peaceful districts of Pakistan with lesser crime ratio.

                                                                                  

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