Lahore - Lahore High Court Justice Ayesha A Malik on Friday directed the Lahore Development Authority director general to submit reply on a petition seeking cancellation of 12 per cent levy imposed on the properties used for commercial purposes.

The petitioner submitted that the Punjab government has already been collecting commercialisation tax, and now it has further imposed 12 per cent commercial fee on the masses. He said that the LDA could not impose commercialisation fee on the properties already falling in commercial zone, but, he added, the provincial has been doing so after amending its rules this connection. The petitioner requested the court to annul the commercial fee.

However, a law officer told the court that the authority had reduced the commercialisation fee from 12 to six per cent. Upon which the court directed the law officer to submit a copy of the notification in this regard and adjourned further proceeding until May 15.

Meanwhile, PPP Senator Babar Awan demanded that all heads of the institutions involved in validating the Legal Framework Orders in 2002 and 2007 must be tried under the law.

He expressed these views while talking to media here. Awan appreciated the statement of a federal minister that all those who abrogated the Constitution and abetted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf should be tried under Article 6. He said that even former Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had validated the LFO, but only head of one state institution was being tried in high treason case. Awan also criticised the rulers for releasing 19 Taliban men, and said that the government followed its predecessors and signed a third NRO with non-state elements. However, he said a fourth NRO was being drafted in the matter of Musharraf.