OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday called for a reply by May 9 from Ministry of Religious Affairs to a writ petition against performance of Hajj and Umrah by politicians and government functionaries on the state expenses. Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree has filed the petition submitting that economy of Pakistan is already deteriorating but politicians and high officials paying no heed to that are using the public mony to perform Hajj and Umrah. The petitioner has also questioned foreign tours of the politicians especially for medical treatment and claimed that PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif got treatment in London on the state expense. He prayed to the court to impose a ban on performing Hajj and Umrah from the national kitty and also on foreign visits of politicians and the officials. SHO to record statement: An additional district and sessions Judge on Tuesday directed SHO Islampura police to record statement of the complainant in connection with a petition, seeking registration of a case against Additional Chief Secretary Sami Saeed, Home Secretary, Shahid Khan and Lahore DCO Ahad Cheema for detaining 73 PCS officers on March 18, 2011. As per detail, Rubina Kausar, a section officer of the Punjab government and other officials of PCS Officers Association alleged that abovementioned respondent party had tried to sabotage the peaceful protest of the PCS officers in civil secretariat on March 18. Rubina said that respondents had got the peaceful demonstrators confined in the secretariats premises and later detained them at Islampura police station illegally. She said that police followed instructions of the respondents and registered baseless cases against about 73 PCS officers (protesters). The petitioner informed the court that she contacted Isalmpura police to register a criminal case against the abovementioned respondents also as the police refused to entertain the application in this regard. The judge after hearing final arguments of both parties, directed SHO Islampura police to record statement of the petitioner according to law. Customs inspector punished: A Customs Court Judge on Tuesday awarded a two-year jail term to a Customs inspector and fined him Rs.25,000 for indulging in illegal activities during his duty. The case against Naveed Qatee was registered in 2009.