LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed federal as well as provincial higher education commissions and Pakistan Engineering Council to submit reply on petitions filed by students for issuing their degree certificates.

Justice Shahid Waheed issued the notice and put off hearing until January 10.

Students of Imperial College of Business Studies completed their engineering course in 2016 but they have not been issued degree certificates.

Students’ lawyer Taffazul Haider Rizvi submitted HECs PEC permitted the college to induct students in 2012 but backed off in 2017.

The counsel said that in 2012, the college gave ads and a number of students got admission. The students paid fees to the college and spent four years to complete their courses, he submitted.

He added the PEC under the law was responsible to constitute accreditation committee which could not be brushed off merely by saying that the committee was not functional.  He said that the students could not be made victim of delay if there were any holdups between HEC/PEC and the college.  The counsel pleaded the court that the students could not start their careers due to non-issuance of degrees which also caused them mental agony.  He told the court that the PEC failed to constitute the accreditation committee upon inquiry by the students.

Judgment on police complex reserved

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday reserved judgment on petition challenging construction of police complex in residential area of Old Anarkali.

Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi heard arguments of both sides on the petition moved by local residents including Khursheed Alam and Mehboob Munawar.

Earlier, a report was submitted before the court on behalf of the Inspector General Police, Punjab. However, the court declined the plea with directives to the law officer to submit complete record of the approval, if any, or admit that the police had the privilege to erect its complexes without any permission anywhere in the country.

The petitioners’ counsel contended that construction of the investigation complex was a sensitive installation and amounted to put the lives of the locals in danger.  He  submitted that  the government had intentionally been delaying the proceeding. He pointed out that the government on one hand had been seeking time to file its satisfactory reply and sped up construction process on the other hand.

The government, he said, had started the project without getting proper permission.  He further said that in past terrorist attacks had taken place on buildings of law enforcement agencies resulting into loss of life and property of citizens. He said the life of the residents of this area was already miserable due to extraordinary security measures taken for the nearby office of Inspector General of Police, therefore, the construction of a multi-storey police complex at Rabbani Road (Old Anarkali) would obviously entail similar security arrangements and the life of the residents will become a living hell.

 The petitioners submitted that the land in question had been previously used for single-storey residences of police officers. They prayed the court to restrain  the authorities from raising construction of the investigation complex. 

 

Fida Hussnain