LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Thursday sought reply from the Punjab government and the inspector general of Punjab Police on a petition challenging blockade of roads outside the residence of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Jati Umra and City Police Officer’s office.

Justice Shahid Karim passed the order on a petition moved by a non-government organisation. Lawyer Azhar Siddique appeared on behalf of the petitioner and argued that several roads had been blocked in the city, including those outside the Qurban Lines, Punjab Chief Minister’s Camp Office, Punjab Police Inspector General’s office and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence in Jati Umra.  He said that blockade of roads was a violation of Article 15 of the Constitution. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court but the road in front of his house in Jati Umra was out of bonds for the public even today, he said.

nm  He asked the court to order the Punjab government to remove barriers from the roads and open them for the public.

He asked the court to order the government to give him details of expenditure on security of Punjab Chief Minister’s Camp Offices and other no go areas in the city.