LAHORE - Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court yesterday summoned record of all offices previously held by Khawaja Hassaan Ahmad, likely to be mayor of Lahore after being elected as an unopposed chairman from UC-107.

During the course of hearing, the judge observed: “I feel some gap in rules and regulations of the election commission and necessary rules should have been made by it to fill the gap.” The judge also observed that it is necessary to determine that under what law Hassan was associated with the companies and what duties he used to play during his association with different public sector departments.

The judge also asked the petitioner that whether he was present there when the documents of the respondent were being scrutinised and whether he availed the first opportunity of appeal before the competent platform. Aziz Masood, a voter of the UC, had filed the petition and pointed that Hassaan had held a public office as vice chairman of LDA and also got involved with local government administration by being a director of Lahore Waste Management Company.

He had also been associated with Lahore Transport Company which showed that he actively participated in LG affairs. If he was not holding any public office then why did he tender his resignation a few days back, the petitioner’s counsel Advocate Sheraz Zaka raised a question during his argument.

foreign assets case: The Lahore High Court yesterday sought reply from the federal government in a petition challenging alleged foreign assets made by 64 known personalities including Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Kulsoom Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Asif Ali Zardari, Imran Khan and his former wife Jemima Goldsmith and others. Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan passed the order on a petition filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree.

As the hearing started, a deputy attorney general appeared in the court and requested the court to give some time to file reply. The Judge accepted his request and directed the law officer to ensure his reply on the next hearing on Nov 17.

Barrister Jafree had filed petition and submitted that the respondents/individuals transferred at least 400 billion US dollars to foreign countries through money laundering.

He said by doing this the politicians caused a huge loss to national exchequer. He said these politicians had not yet submitted in the court their affidavits about the money laundering despite repeated court orders.

He pleaded that Pakistan would have no need obtain foreign loans if assets of the politicians were brought back to return the international loan of the country.

He prayed the court to issue directions to these politicians to bring back their assets to the Pakistan.

The defendant personalities include sitting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, son Hussain Nawaz, and brother Shahbaz Sharif (Punjab Chief Minister), PTI chief Imran Khan and his former wife Jemima Goldsmith, former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and his wife, former president Asif Ali Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Faryal Talpur, former president Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf, interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, former interior minister Rehman Malik, PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Ali Khan, Pervez Elahi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Malik Riaz Hussain of Bahria Town, former Chief Justices of LHC Khwaja Muhammad Sharif and Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, former presidents of SCBA Hamid Khan, Asma Jahangir, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and his wife Bushra Aitzaz.