LAHORE - A writ petition was filed on Saturday in the Lahore High Court, challenging parking contracts with the bar associations.

Iftikhar Ahmad, a local resident, had filed the petition and stated the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) had illegally given contracts of different parking lots to bar associations of the lower courts.

The parking has become a big issue for all the people who intend to visit courts while the parking fee is another big issue at the courts’ parking lots.

The litigants are the most affected ones of the high parking fee but unfortunately there is no one to take notice of this issue.

The petitioner prayed the court to set aside parking contacts with bar associations.

NA-122 poll rigging case: The arguments of the counsel of Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq were in progress on Saturday when the tribunal judge adjourned the hearing till Monday, July 6, in the case of NA-122.

The judge asked Advocate Asjad Saeed, the counsel of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, to continue his arguments on the next hearing. Advocate Anees Hashmi, the counsel of Imran Khan had already completed his arguments on the case.

The respondent’s counsel told the court the allegations of Imran Khan were baseless while the reports by Nadra and commissions also could not establish rigging. He said his client was elected purely on merit and had nothing to do with the alleged rigging. Asjad pleaded the court to set aside the petition of Imran Khan for levelling baseless allegations against his client, Ayaz Sadiq.

Imran Khan had challenged the victory of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and alleged he had stolen the mandate of the general public and committed rigging to beat him. He prayed the court to set aside the election and announce re-election in the constituency.

Beggars sent to shelter homes: Special Squad of City District Government on Saturday caught 26 beggars - 10 females and 16 males - from different areas and sent them to Subhani Homes and Edhi centers.

DCO Lahore Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman has urged the citizens to avoid giving money to habitual and professional beggars.

PEF empowering students: The public private partnership based free schooling programs of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) have helped in reaching out to needy children and helping them to make it to schools for their studies free of cost.

Chairing a coordination meeting on Saturday, PEF Managing Director Dr Aneela Salman stressed the need of empowering students through useful market-oriented skills so that they could earn an honourable living.

PEF Deputy MD Salman Anwar Malik and program directors attended the meeting. Progress on different educational programs was discussed in detail.

PEF has given target of enrolling 2.8 million out of school/dropout children by the year 2018, while current enrolment has reached to more than 1.7 million.

The meeting, while commending the role of school partners in promoting education at the grassroots, observed that high-performing partners may be facilitated so as to encourage their hard work in the field of school education. While discussing the pilot project of vouchers-based evening schooling for mostly child-labourers and maids, MD PEF said this was helping such children to continue their education in the evening. She hoped training of school partners about monthly electronic attendance system would help them to efficiently use this IT based system designed to ensure transparency.