LAHORE - A young couple yesterday approached the Lahore High Court, seeking directives for police to book the bride’s brothers who allegedly cut her eye-brows and hairs for contracting love marriage.

Saleem and Shahzia, residents of Okara district and parents of a three-year old child, told The Nation that the wife’s brothers and cousins were harassing them since they married four years ago.

The couple said that the respondents including Mushtaq, Mustafa and cousins Anwar and Abbas also detained Shazia, tortured her and forced her to leave her husband Saleem. “They kept Shazia at different places and when she found an opportunity she escaped their custody and reached at her husband’s house in Okara district,” the petitioners added.

The petitioners said they approached local police in Depalpur Tehseel but they refused to lodge FIR in connivance with the respondents. No action was taken against the accused persons and now they were threatening them of dire consequences, according to the couple.

They requested the court to order police to register FIR against the accused and punish them for their crime in accordance with law.

LHC moved against Orange Line, again: The Judicial Activism Panel yesterday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, seeking directions for the Punjab government to make public the reasons for launching Orange Line Metro Train project against other important sectors like health and education.

In the petition, Azhar Siddique advocate submitted that the government was spending billions of rupees from public money and the citizens should know the reasons, significance and importance of this project.

He stated that the government should tell people what was the significance of Orange Line project and why the budget allocation for education and health were curtailed for this project.

“In a country like Pakistan where a big majority live below the poverty level, where millions of kids could not get education such project can only be a luxury and we cannot afford it,” the lawyer added. He requested the court to direct the government to tell about the basic idea for this project, which would prove be ‘a white elephant’.