LAHORE - The Lahore High Court registrar office yesterday objected to a petition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for gifting costly animals to the ruler of Qatar.

The office held that the petition was illegible and was filed in Urdu.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jeffery stated in his petition that the prime minister gifted one cow and two buffalos to the ruler of Qatar and sent them by airplane. He said the gifted animals were purchased with the money of taxpayers. He asked the court to recover all expenditure incurred upon purchasing and sending the gifted animals from the personal accounts of the prime minister.

Reply sought from Kh Hassaan: The Lahore High Court yesterday sought reply from Kh Ahmad Hassaan on an application seeking stay on oath-taking from mayor of Lahore till the final decision on main petition challenging his candidature.

The court adjourned hearing until March 31. Zubair Khan Niazi had filed the application, saying that he had challenged candidature of Hassaan for a UC chairmanship. The matter was subjudice but there were news of administering oath to Hassan as mayor of Lahore in coming days. He cannot take oath till the petition challenging his candidature is decided by the LHC.

In his main petition, the petitioner had challenged the qualification of Hassaan, who was elected the chairman unopposed in Punjab. He had contended that Hassaan held many public sector offices and he was ineligible to contest election and hold any public office. He said that held offices including Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC).

He pointed out that Section 27 of Local Government Act 2013 says a person who had been held an office of a statutory body controlled by a provincial government was not eligible to contest election of local bodies before two years.

The counsel said the respondent resigned from the offices days before filing of nomination papers for LG polls. Therefore, Hassaan, who was likely mayor of Lahore, failed to meet the two year bar, he added. The counsel prayed to the court to declare the respondent disqualified to hold the office of the chairman.

PTI leader victory challenged: Mohsin Latif, the runner-up candidate of PML-N from PP-147, yesterday challenged the decision of an election tribunal on his petition against the victory of PTI’s Shoaib Siddique.

Mohsin Latif filed his petition through Sardar Kaleem Ilyas and pointed out that the decision of the election tribunal on his petition was wrong as it ignored evidence of alleged rigging in the election. He said the decision was against the facts. He pleaded the court to set aside the decision of the election tribunal and order re-election in the constituency concerned.