LAHORE – The Lahore High Court Monday sought explanation from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on constitutional petition seeking strict implementation of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah directed the law officers of the ECP and federal government to appear before the court on April 02 (today) and assist the court on the constitutional points raised in the petition.

The petition was moved by a citizen, Munir Ahmad.

The petitioner through his counsel pleaded the court to issue directions to ECP to perform its functions as required under Article 218(3) of the constitution, which is to conduct elections honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law and also to guard against corrupt practices.

He also prayed for directions to ECP to strictly implement the Article 62 and 63 of the constitution while scrutinizing the nomination papers filed by the candidates for May 11 elections.

He argued hundreds of the candidates who filed their nomination papers did not qualify the criteria laid down in the Article 62 and 63 for being chosen as member of assemblies.

New DG PJA takes office: Justice (r) Syed Jamshed Ali took charge as Director General of Punjab Judicial Academy (PJA) on Monday.

Former DG Tanveer Ahmad Khan and Rana Arif, Deputy Director, briefed him about the affairs of the Academy.

Justice Jamshed Shah started law practice from Multan in 1964. He passed West Pakistan Competition Examinations (now CSS) in 1969 and served as Magistrate at Narowal, Shakkargarh and Sialkot. Later on, he remained Deputy Secretary in Board of Revenue for five years. He also served as Assistant Commissioner Sheikhupura and AC (G) to Commissioner. He resigned from Govt. job in 1979 to join lawyer profession again.

He was elevated as judge of Lahore High Court in 1998. During this stint, he also remained member of Syndicate for Govt. College University, University of Education and University of the Punjab. He was elevated to Supreme Court in 2005 and retired in 2008. Recently, he headed a three member commission formed to investigate billions of rupees of loans written off over the past four decades.

Now Chief Justice of Lahore High Court has requisitioned his services as DG Punjab Judicial Academy in order to hone the judgment writing skills of the judges of district judiciary of the province.

LHC directs LDA to diffuse rift with Bahria: The Lahore High Court Monday directed Director General of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to resolve the issue of Bahria Town’s legality and alleged defamation campaign against the housing society within six weeks.

The petition was moved by Amjad Nawaz Bhatti and others through Advocate Dr Basit. The counsel submitted that the petitioners were owners of plots in Sector D and E of Bahria Town which were also known as Orchard Phase-II.

He pointed out the respondents including LDA and others had initiated a massive defamation campaign through electronic and print media requesting people to avoid buying plots in sectors D, E and F of Bahria Town Lahore for being developed without approval of any competent authority.

He contended that the LDA did not have authority to take such an action as scheme did not require NoC (Non-Objection Certificate) from LDA.

The petitioners alleged that the Punjab government, which was under control of a politically hostile regime, formed a criminal conspiracy to damage standing of Bahria Town. The prices of plots had decreased due to this defamation campaign, they added.

The petitioners pleaded the court to issue directions to LDA for terminating the campaign. They also requested the court to direct LDA to refrain from exercising control on Bahria Town.

LDA’s law officer told the court that the authority was obeying its rules informing the masses to stay away from purchasing plots in illegal housing schemes.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard arguments from both sides, and referred the petition to LDA director general to decide the dispute within six weeks.