LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Tuesday removed objections raised by registrar office on a fourth writ petition seeking disqualification of Rao PML-N MNA Mazhar Hayat, elected from NA-138 of Kasur district during general elections of 2008.

Naseer Ahmad, a voter of Kasur, sought the disqualification through Advocate Dr Ehsaan ul Haq Khan on ground of his fake graduation degree. In the forth petition, Naseer Ahamad submitted that Mr Hayat contested the 2008 elections from NA-138 while using a degree of B.A obtained from Winora State University of US. However, the university had not verified his degree when the Higher Education Commission had asked and declared his degree fake, the voter pointed out in the petition. The petitioner submitted that the respondent had violated several provisions of the Representation of People Act 1976.

He requested the court to disqualify the parliamentarian of Kasur district. During hearing on Tuesday, LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial removed objections of non-maintainable and no need of urgent hearing on the petition raised by the registrar office. The court directed the registrar office to fix for hearing the petition before an appropriate bench. The court was informed by the counsel of Naseer Ahmad that three other petitions seeking disqualification of the MNA on the same grounds were also pending before the LHC.

Nikaah Khaan arrested: The Jhang district police arrested a ‘Nikaah Khaan’ when the Lahore High Court on Tuesday cancelled his bail in a case registered against him over the charges of preparing a fake matrimonial certificate of a couple.

Jaffer Hussain, a resident of Satellite Town Police Station area, appeared before Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik and denied the charges levelled against him in the case. He requested the court to confirm his pre-arrest by declaring him innocent.

An investigation officer also appeared before the court along with the report and said that the accused had been proved guilty during investigation. He prayed the court to cancel the pre-arrest bail of the accused as he is required for arrest.

Justice Malik reviewed the investigation report and cancelled the bail of accused who later tried to flee from the court premises, but failed as security staff of LHC and police chased and caught him. Sale of Gawadar Port’s shares to Chinese company challenged:The Supreme Court has been requested to restrain the government from possible selling shares of Gawadar Port to a Chinese company. Watan Party filed the petition at Lahore registry of the Supreme Court through its chairman Barrister Zafarullah submitted that 60 per cents shares of Singapore Port Authority and 20 per cent shares of Adeel Karim Group in Ghwadar Port to China Harbour Engineering Company Limited was likely to be sold.

He further submitted that Ghawadar port’s shares were the property of people of Pakistan. The petitioner said if the shares were sold the people would suffer a lot. He prayed to the court that sale of shares to China or any other country be restrained.