LAHORE Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif Friday adjourned till November 22 the hearing on a petition which seeks publication of the details of all loans written off by the commercial banks in favour of the influential persons over the last 10 years and their recovery strictly employing legal means. The court granted adjournment to the plea on the request of the representative of the State Bank of Pakistan in order to file detailed report on the petition and do the other needful. At the outset of the hearing, the court pointed out to the petitioner about a similar matter was pending before the Supreme Court. The petitioners counsel on this briefed the court that there was a difference of period during which the banks loans were written off. He said the matter of recovery of over Rs256 billion written off loans before the SC relates to the period from 1971 to 1999 and the period of written off loans he has asked for covers the period from 1999 to 2010 when, he added, Rs50 billion of the national wealth was written off under political and official clout only during last two years. So his was a different case, which merits hearing by this court. On that the court directed the law officer and the SPB representative to file a report and details of the written off loans during the period under consideration by the next date of hearing. The court sought the details indicating who are the persons got their loans written off, and on what ground they were given relief. A citizen Imran Khan of Pakpattan Sharif who moved this petition through Noshab Khan advocate stated that huge amount of loans worth Rs50.84 billion were written off by commercial banks during the last two years. He contended that Pakistan owed $55 billion in external debt with an annual interest of $2 billion and the countrys internal debt as of March this year stood at Rs4.491 trillion. He said that this deplorable condition of Pakistan economy could be improved if all the written off loans are retrieved from the defaulters irrespective of their status and connections.