LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court yesterday recorded statement of a female doctor against a man allegedly involved in harassing female doctors through Facebook.

The court, after recording statement of the victim lady, put off further hearing until Oct 10.

Hundreds of woman approached the FIA and other authorities concerned with a complaint against Abdul Wahab Alvi for harassing them and blackmailing them through the social networking website.

The alleged blackmailer is yet in custody.

In a separate case, the hearing of private complaint of Minhajul Quran was adjourned till Oct 6. Previously, PAT leader Khurrum Nawaz Gandapur recorded his statement to the ATC judge.

Jawad, administrator of Minhajul Quran Secretariat, filed the private complaint and made party to PM Nawaz Sharif, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and others including police officials over the charges of killing of innocent workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek. On June 17, 2014, at least 14 people died and 100 others got severely injured following a between PAT workers and police over the matter of barriers put on the roads leading towards the party’s secretariat building.

LHC moved against 17 pc

increase in fuel prices

A civil miscellaneous application yesterday was moved to the Lahore High Court in an already pending petition against ministry of Petroleum over proposed increase of 17 percent levy on petroleum products in the country. The Judicial Activism Panel filed the application through Advocate Azhar Siddique and submitted that currently the government was collecting about Rs26 per litre taxes on petrol in the form of a fixed sales tax and petroleum development levy.

According to the counsel, the government was also collecting about Rs38 per litre tax on HSD. While the respondents could not increase the rates as the matter was actually sub-judice, he added.

“The proposed increase in the POL prices was merely and exploitation of the nation as the head of sales tax had not been settled and fixed according to the laws,” the counsel further held.

He said the respondent government authorities imposed Sales Tax on Petroleum Prices more than 53 percent and the same had already been challenged by the applicant. He prayed the court to stop the ministry concerned from imposing further tax on petroleum products.

CJ for curbing frequent strikes

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has expressed serious concerns over lawyers’ strikes causing repercussions on the justice delivery system and sufferings of common man in pursuit of justice.

Chairing a meeting of District and Sessions judges of the province yesterday, the CJ discussed with all the participating figures of such strikes which were observed in various districts of Punjab by respective Bar Associations and took the input of DSJs on the same.

According to a press release, the CJ asked all the DSJs in Punjab to start a deliberative and consultative process immediately with office bearers of Bar Associations of their respective districts and to come up with a viable plan to curb the observance of strikes in Punjab, thereby contributing towards establishing an effective, expeditious and operational system of administration of justice.

Justice Shahid Hameed Dar, Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, Registrar and the LHC inspection team member also attended the meeting. While briefing the participants, CJ Shah said that the prime and foremost agenda of the meeting was the phenomenon of frequent strikes by local bar associations in Punjab.

All the DSJs vowed to engage the representatives of local Bar Associations in a meaningful dialogue to systematically curtail the phenomenon of strikes which resolve was appreciated by the chief justice.

The roundtable also discussed the matter of uniforms for the staff of District Judiciary, transfer policy for judicial officers, manner of proclamations of court notices in the newspapers and preparations in respect of sesquicentennial celebrations of the LHC.