LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday dismissed an application seeking directions for the Punjab government to present audit reports related to the foreign tours/visits of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Punjab Assembly.

Justice Shahid Waheed of LHC passed the order and held that applicant could not get a relief through an application, which he had already sought, in his main petition.

Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed had already filed a petition against non-presentation of audit reports before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of provincial assembly.

In his application, he had submitted that recently the auditor general of Pakistan had pointed out massive irregularities in the funds utilized for CM’s foreign tours.

He alleged that CM misused public funds for his foreign tours/visits. He submitted that even news published few days back disclosing about the alleged corruption of CM during his foreign tours.

He said that public accounts committee remained dysfunctional or non-functional as the respondents failed to produce audit reports of departments under the government of Punjab before the provincial assembly as well as the committee.

He requested to order the provincial government to present audits reports of year 2014 and 2015 of CM foreign visits before the public accounts committee.

FUNERAL IN ABSENTIA: A number of lawyers offered “Ghaibana Namaz-i-Janaza” of Mumtaz Qadri in premises of Lahore High Court yesterday. The lawyers expressed dismay over the attitude of the government’s authorities for banning media from the coverage of even ‘Namaz-i-Janaza’.

Former chief justice of LHC Khwaja Muhammad Sharif arranged the prayer. Many senior lawyers including Hafiz Abdul Rehman Ansari and Azhar Siddique attended funeral prayer.

“It is not matter of fanaticism or aggression; it is Namaz-i-Janaza which should have been shown,” said Azhar Siddique Advocate. He said: “Pemra has issued illegal notice/unconstitutional notice and I request to the SC to take suo motu notice to probe into the media blackout.”