LHC CJ seeks lower courts’ help to

improve judicial governance

Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah said on Saturday that judges should come up with open, fair and critical analyses so that judicial and administrative governance could be improved.  The chief justice expressed these views while addressing district and sessions judges at the Punjab Judicial Academy. He said it was a historic moment in judicial history that districts and sessions judges were making powerpoint presentations to the chief justice on overall performance of their districts. Earlier, the Directorate of District Judiciary director general said the chief justice had implemented a number of measures like CMP, ADR Courts and Model Courts for dispensation of inexpensive and speedy justice to litigants.  He said the Case Management Plan had been tailored according to needs and dynamics of each district. To monitor each district’s performance, he said, a judge of the Lahore High Court had been appointed as inspection judge. – Staff Reporter


Court stays execution of mentally ill man

A sessions court on Saturday stayed execution of a man convicted of his sister’s murder due to his mental illness and issued notice to jail authorities. Saleem Ahmad was due to be executed in Lahore’s Central Jail on November 7. Justice Project Pakistan’s Barrister Sarah Bilal appeared before District and Sessions Judge Abid Hussain Qureshi on behalf of the convict and said he had been suffering from mental illness. She said Saleem was in such a condition that his execution under law was not permissible.  An investigation officer testified that he was aware of Saleem’s mental illness. After hearing both sides, the judge stayed his execution and issued notices to the respondent jail authorities.  Saleem, 63, was arrested in Lahore on 30 July, 2001 where he was accused of fatally shooting his sister, Nasreen Begum. He was sentenced to death in 2004. Since then, Saleem has been diagnosed “as a case of psychiatric illness” by the Punjab Institute of Mental Health and has been on anti-psychotic drugs since 2013. He remains in the psychiatric cells of Central Jail Lahore, having spent nearly 14 years on death row. The National Commission on Human Rights also initiated an inquiry into his mental condition on Friday, and asked the Inspector General Prisons to file a reply within 72 hours. –Staff Reporter


Clerics to march on Islamabad tomorrow

The Khadim Rizvi faction of the Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah is all set to begin its Lahore to Islamabad march on Monday with a six-point charter of demands.  Monday’s long march will start at 10am from Lahore and leave Gujrat on Tuesday after holding a mass meeting at city’s GTS Chowk. The party demands end to restrictions on registration of FIRs under Article 295/C of the Pakistan Penal Code, execution of people convicted on charges of blasphemy, action against those behind amendment to the affidavit of Khatme Nabuwwat, abolition of loud speaker law, withdrawal of cases against leaders and workers of the Tehreek and inclusion of Islamic teachings in the curriculum. Pir Ijaz Ashrafi, spokesperson for the Tehreek, said thousands of people would participate in the long march from across the country and they would stage a sit-in in the federal capital until acceptance of their demands.  The Khadim Rizvi faction of the Tehreek dissociated itself from Dr Asif Ashraf Jalali’s Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah after the latter ended its six-day sit-in in Lahore and Islamabad on Sunday. Dr Asif led the rally towards Islamabad on Tuesday but it failed to grab attention of the government due to thin presence of people.  Pir Ijaz claimed: “Their movement is the real movement and Dr Asif has nothing to do with Tehreek Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah. You will witness participation of thousands in our long march.” The Tehreek Ya Rasool Allah of Allama Khadim Rizvi is registered with the Election Commission of Pakistan as Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan. Dr Asif’s group calls its political wing Tehreek Labbaik Al-aalmi. –Staff Reporter


Two shot dead

Two people were shot dead as they resisted robbery bids in different incidents Saturday. Two gunmen killed a youngster in Nawab Town area when he resisted their robbery.  The deceased, Abdul Aziz, was going home after drawing cash from an ATM at Moon Market. In the second incident, unidentified men shot dead a property dealer at his residence in Defence. According to the police, the gunmen stormed the house of 40-year-old Sikandar Mirza and opened indiscriminate fire, wounding seriously. He died on way to hospital, the police said. Locals called it the incident dacoity-cum-murder and said that robbers. Police say they are investigation were investigating.–Staff Reporter