LAHORE - A write petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday seeking directives for the federal and provincial governments to pay compensation for the damages caused to the public and private properties by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) activists during protests against the acquittal of Christian woman Aasia Bibi of blasphemy charges by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Civil Society Network President Abdullah Malik filed the petition and made both federal and provincial governments respondents. He said the public and private properties suffered huge loss due to the violent protests by TLP activists and supporters last week. Protection of public and private property was responsibility of the state; therefore, the government was duty-bound to compensate for the damage caused to the public and private properties. He prayed to the court to order the governments to determine the value of the losses and pay compensation to the citizens against damages caused to their lives and properties.

SMOG CONTROL

Another petition was moved to the Lahore High Court on Saturday seeking directives for the provincial government to take steps to control smog in Punjab.  Munir Ahmad, a citizen, moved the petition saying that Lahore, once known as city of orchards, has turned into a polluted city. The air pollution has been causing serious health problems like lung and heart disease as well as respiratory problems. He said that according to the data issued by the Pakistan Air Quality Initiative (PAQI), only two days of good air quality were recorded in 2017.  The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the government to enforce the statutory laws as well as mandatory rules in letter and spirit for the purpose of protecting environment of all kinds.

He prayed to the court to order the government to amend the laws for a better coordination among the public departments to deal with emergency situations.