LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Friday initiated ex-parte proceedings against Senator Babar Awan on petition seeking contempt proceedings against him for uttering contemptuous remarks against judiciary.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan initiated the ex-parte proceedings against Awan as he was not appearing before the court despite several orders and a newspaper advertisement in this regard.

Petitioner-lawyer Afaq Ahmed had submitted Awan had been frequently witnessed criticising the Supreme Court during his press conferences and media talks. Everybody knew that Awan had distributed sweets when former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed.

Later, Awan joined the PPP and took a U-turn by terming the conviction as judicial murder, the petitioner said. He added Awan continued issuing remarks on sub-judice matters.

The petitioner contended that former law minister not only criticised the Supreme Court proceedings about memorandum scandal but also tried to establish a secret relation of the court with a political party.

He requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the PPP leader and he should be declared disqualified. The court will resume hearing on October 28.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government on Friday once again remained fail to produce before the Lahore High Court the minutes of its meetings with the Young Doctors Association (YDA) about their service structure.

The court had many times asked the Punjab government to submit in written the minutes of meeting, but on every hearing it sought time to file them.

During course of hearing on Friday, Punjab Advocate General Ashtar Ali Ausaf appeared before the court of Justice Ijazul Ahsan and requested the court to allow more time to file the report as the committee constituted to look into the matter of doctors’ service structure had not yet reached at final consensus with the YDA.

He also requested the court to dismiss the pleas moved by Management Cadre Association and General Cadre Association and the YDA to make party in the contempt petition filed by the Judicial Activism Panel.

The court accepted his requests by dismissing the pleas moved by three associations of doctors and allowing twelve more days to file in written minute of meetings of the committee. The court will resume hearing on October 17.

Judicial Activism Panel through its chairman Azhar Siddique submitted the court had clearly restrained the association from protests and agitation. But, he said the young doctors violated the orders and started protest activities.

Also, the LHC on Friday dismissed an election petition against PPP MPA Ghazanfar Ali Khan for non-prosecution.

An election tribunal comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing the petition moved by Iqbal Rais who lost election to the MPA in the 2008 general elections. MPA Ghazanfar Ali Khan was elected from PP-285 (Rahim Yar Khan).

The petitioner had submitted that Ghazanfar had a fake BA degree. He alleged that according to academic certificates, the MPA passed his intermediate exam in the year 2004 and graduated in 2005. He alleged that the MPA managed a fake BA degree from Sindh University, as it was not possible to complete graduation, one year after appearing in the intermediate exams.

He had prayed the court to disqualify Ghazanfar. However, the petitioner did not pursue his petition following which the election tribunal dismissed it on Friday.