LAHORE - An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court adjourned hearing of an election petition filed by former federal minister Humayon Akhter seeking disqualification of PML-N MNA Rohail Asghar who won election from NA-124 Lahore. Petitioner's counsel Alia Ijaz sought time to seek instructions from her client as he was not in the country. At this the court adjourned the hearing till November 07. Humayon alleged that Rohail Asghar manipulated and rigged the election process by extending life threats to polling staff and his polling agents. He said his (Rohail) armed men restored indiscriminating firing on the polling day that created terror and sense of insecurity in the voters. Resultantly lot of his voters did not prefer to cast vote. He requested the court to de-seat Rohail Asghar and hold fresh polls in the constituency. LHC halts tenders issuance for uplift work Justice Hasnat Ahmed Khan of the Lahore High Court has issued a stay order against issuance of tenders for development work in District Kasur in a petition seeking revocation of the budget for 2008-09. The judge also sought a reply from the Punjab government for November 7, when the petitioner challenged the passage of the budget through secretary local government. The petitioner, several nazims of union councils of Sheikhupura, through Azam Nazir Tarar advocate said the passage of the budget violated the laid down law. The petitioners said the secretary passed the budget in the absence of the nazim, who had been declared ineligible to hold the office by the Supreme Court on account of bad debt. Their counsel Mr Tarar said the Punjab government under the law was required to nominate the district nazim on officiating bases to proceed with the process of passing the budget. He said the government instead of appointing the nazim under political consideration, applied an emergency clause to have the budget passed through the secretary local government. He added the district council under section 112 (11) passed the budget after making the naib district nazim as the convener. The lawyer said now the revised budget, which was passed by the district council itself, was being blocked by the district coordinating officer (DCO). He added it would be a flagrant violation of the law to deny the district council the process of passing the budget, which was to be utilised on welfare of the people of the district by the council itself. He asked the court to stay the tenders issued on the bases of the budget passed by the secretary and issue directions for the implementation of the revised budget.