ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Athar Minallah on Thursday directed the registrar office to convert a handwritten application into a court petition so that a case, seeking the prevention of debt collection from private banks during the lockdown, can be taken forward.
The petition would be heard on Friday whereas the secretary finance, NDMA chairman and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor are parties in the petition.
According to the details, citizen Rafiq-ur-Rehman wrote a letter to the IHC Chief Justice stating that revenue was restricted due to the lockdown which makes paying back loans difficult.
He pleaded that banks staff were coming to people’s doorsteps and also harassing the women at home due to delayed payments of debts.
He requested the CJ to order the banks to waive or suspend installments in these tough times.
The CJ remarked that the matter was of basic human rights and public welfare so it had to be fixed for hearing.