LAHORE - Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed yesterday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking directions for the Punjab government to present audit reports related to the foreign tours/visits of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif.

Rasheed through his counsel said that recently the Auditor General of Pakistan had pointed out massive irregularities in the funds utilised for Chief Minister’s foreign visits. The petitioner submitted that a news published few days back revealed the alleged corruption of the Punjab CM during his foreign visits. He alleged that Punjab Chief Minister misused public funds for his foreign tours/visits.

He further said that public accounts committee remained dysfunctional or non-functional as the respondents failed to produce audit reports of departments under the government of Punjab before the provincial assembly as well as Public Accounts Committee.

He prayed to the court to order the Punjab government to present audits reports of year 2014 and 2015 before the audit reports related to the foreign tours/ visits of Punjab Chief Minister before Public Accounts Committee of Punjab Assembly.

Taxi stand allotment challenged: Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza of the Lahore High Court yesterday sought reply from the CAA on a petition challenging allotment of taxi stand at Lahore airport to a cab company recently launched in collaboration with a Turkish organisation.

United Yellow Cab drivers association’s president Muhammad Aftab had filed the petition and submitted that Punjab government allotted the taxi stand to Turkish company – Albayrak without an open tender and in violation of rules. He said the government’s act was a result of sheer nepotism and based on mala fide intention. He said the association of the petitioner was being treated discriminatory by the authorities.

The counsel said that the new cab service launched with the cooperation of Turkish company did not meet international standards for running a taxi service. He also alleged that the Turkish company used white colour cars by pasting yellow sticker on them in violation of the rules. The counsel prayed to the court to cancel allotment of taxi stand for Turkish company.

In another case, the Federal government and Director General FIA yesterday were issued notices by the Lahore High Court on petitions seeking promotion to the next scales.

The hearing adjourned for April 14. A lawyer Ghulam Hussain, the counsel of the petitioners, argued before the court that female constables of Federal Investigation Agency were waiting for their promotion for last 12 years.

He said that male constables were preferred over female constables in the matter of promotion. It was discriminatory, the counsel said. The petitioners said that the service tribunals had also ordered FIA to promote females to the next ranks but in vain.

They requested the court to order the authorities concerned to promote them as per law. After hearing arguments of the petitioners’ counsel, Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh issued notices to the federal government and DG FIA and adjourned further hearing for April 14.