LAHORE - The Punjab Outdoor Advertising Association (POAA) has accused Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) for dismantling billboards installed within the limits of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) at the Main Boulevard Gulberg in the wee hours on Tuesday. It has also alleged that a PHA team comprising of Amir Ibrahim, Muddassar and Ashgar Chaudhary knocked down the billboards of Yousaf Brother and other advertising companies and slipped away after stealing valuables during an illegal operation launched at midnight. According to a press statement, the association said that ruthless operation was carried out in the jurisdiction of (CAA) where billboards were installed over the last 8 years. CAA was receiving rent since from the advertising agencies for this purpose, the statement added. While denouncing the operation as a political motivated action accused that it was actuated at the behest of some of the leaders of Pakistan Muslim League (N) who believed that billboards were installed during the era of PML-Q. Terming this assumption as false, it clarified that around 35% of the signboards were erected during the present regime. It has pleaded to the Governor Punjab Salman Taseer and PPP-led central government to protect the advertisers from the highhandedness of PHA authority. When PHA Chairman Task Force on Horticulture Mustafa Kamal Pasha was contacted to seek his version, he said that the Main Boulevard Gulberg fell under the jurisdiction of PHA and the operation was launched in accordance with its rules and regulation. He told that except cantonment areas, Model Town and some other areas all the other localities belonged to the City District Government and PHA was authorised applying its rules and regulations. He said that it was mandatory to obtain No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the PHA before erecting any billboard within its controlled area. He also cited a verdict of the Lahore High Court (LHC) in this regard. He said that the elements making hue and cry filed more than 25 writs in the LHC to get their desired judgement but failed to do so, he added.