LAHORE - A Lahore High Court’s division bench on Tuesday sought reply from the Election Commission of Pakistan on a petition challenging an election tribunal’s order regarding the verification of ballot papers through thumb impressions in NA-118, Lahore.
PML-N MNA Riaz Malik had assailed the order of the election tribunal pleading that legality of the general elections will be at risk if the inspection of the ballot papers through thumb impression was carried out.
Additional Attorney General Naseer Ahmad Bhutta told the court that the ballot papers were used for secret voting and could not be made public. He further said that thumb impressions of the voters were not taken on ballot papers but on counter files.  The bench adjourned further hearing for Wednesday (today) and sought reply from the ECP about the procedure of casting votes.
PTI candidate Hamid Zaman had obtained the order from the election tribunal about ballot papers’ inspection through thumb impressions in the constituency.
PAK CITIZENS REPATRIATED FROM BAGRAM BEING PROBED, LHC TOLD
Interior Ministry told the Lahore High Court on Tuesday that six Pakistani citizens repatriated from Bagram Theatre Internment Camp, Afghanistan were being interrogated by an investigation team.
The Ministry claimed that the repatriated prisoners were being kept in good condition in FATA and their medical examination had also been conducted.
This was stated by a standing counsel on behalf of the Ministry during hearing of a petition for the release of Pakistani citizens detained at Bagram prison.
The counsel further said that the repatriated prisoners would be produced before the court after completion of interrogation process. The court adjourned hearing till Jan 24th and directed the petitioner’s counsel to file a rejoinder.
On previous hearing, the petitioner’s counsel had stated that the detainees were treated harshly, humiliated and kept in extremely unhygienic conditions by the Pakistani authorities.
Justice Project Pakistan, a non profit law firm, filed the petition for the release and return of 25 Pakistani citizens detained at the Bagram jail by US. It said Pakistani citizens had been detained at Bagram jail without any charge or trial since 2003. It alleged that they were abducted from Pakistan and removed to the infamous US prison in Afghanistan.
LHCBA CONDEMNS MOLLAH’S HANGING
The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) while condemning the hanging of Abdul Qadir Mollah, demanded the government to take up the matter to International Court of Justice.
Adopting a resolution in this regard, the general house meeting of the LHCBA on Tuesday also demanded the govt to send back the Bangladesh envoy from Pakistan and end diplomatic relations with it.
The bar resolved this while carrying a resolution filed by its member Mian Muhammad Raoof Advocate.  The resolution said that the LHCBA considers tribunal which ordered to punish Mullah as illegal and unconstitutional. The resolution paid rich tributes to Abdul Qadir Mullah for his struggle to keep Pakistan united.
The resolution also accused the govt of being silent on the issue.
Addressing the general house meeting, LHCBA President Abid Saqi said that the Bangladesh government committed grave violation of human rights by hanging him.  He said that former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and former PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman finalised a deal wherein they had decided that no case would be proceeded in war crimes but Bangladesh government in violation of that deal hanged Mullah after keeping him in jail.  Advocate Abdul Rasheed Qureshi addressing the meeting said that India is behind this move.
He said after formation of Pakistan, India had been in search of chances to damage Pakistan. He said in connivance with Mujibur Rehman, leader of Awami League, divided Pakistan in two parts and majority of Bangladesh did not favour it. He said even now most of Bangladesh people live for Pakistan and Abdul Qadir Mullah was one of them.
Anwar Ghumman Advocate said Haseena Wajed hanged Mullah to appease India.  He said Bangladesh negated two-nation theory by hanging Mullah.
He said that lives of those who have soft corner for Pakistan are in danger in Bangladesh.
GOVT URGED TO TAKE UP MOLLAH’S ISSUE AT WORLD FORA
Welcoming the National Assembly resolution against the execution of the Bangladesh Jamaat-i-Islami leader Abdul Qadir Mullah, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has urged the Foreign Office to raise the issue at SAARC, OIC and the United Nations for violation of the 1974 tripartite agreement between Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
In a statement on Tuesday, he, however, deplored the opposition of the PPP and the MQM in this respect and said it appeared these parties were not grieved over the fall of Dhaka. He said the fall of East Pakistan was a big tragedy and the rulers must learn from the past. He said efforts must be made to normalise the situation in Karachi, FATA and Balochistan through talks instead of military action. Liaquat Baloch also condemned the assassination of Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muawiya and Allama Nasir Abbas in the City.
He said that the life, property and the honour of the people were not secure and the government institutions, intelligence agencies were helpless before the terrorists and those involved in target killings and abduction for ransom.
With such poor performance, the rulers had no right to stay in power, he added.
He appealed to the religious parties and the masses to foil the evil designs of the miscreants playing in foreign hands, through unity. He pointed out that there was no Sunni-Shia conflict among the masses and the targeting of the Sunni and Shia Ulema and scholars was an enemy plan to unleash sectarian violence.
JI Secretary General said that a National Jirga was being held at Peshawar on December 22 to chalk out a plan for a countrywide protest against NATO supplies, drone attacks, besides US and India’s interference and terrorism in the country.