LAHORE – The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Thursday sought record from Council of Common Interest (CCI) regarding an agreement done in 1991 among the provinces over the distribution of water.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed hearing on some petitions seeking directions for immediate construction of Kalabagh Dam (KBD) project.

The petitioner’s counsels submitted that national and international experts had declared the project constructible by declaring it important for agriculture, economy, water resources and other needs. Following the importance of the KBD the CCI had in 1991 given approval for its construction after addressing the provinces’ reservations while cabinet division had also issued a notification of this approval, the counsels also produced a copy of the notification before the high court.

According to the agreement, a consensus had also developed for construction of new dams besides distribution of water among the provinces, they said, adding that the provinces, in other meanings, were agreed on construction of KBD.

The court recorded the arguments and adjourned hearing till Nov 29 summoning records of the agreement from the CCI.

Former legal advisor of World Bank Bashir A Malik and others filed the petitions raising the issue of construction of KBD. The petitioners requested the court that direction should be issued to the government that the CCI meeting be convened in accordance with law to decide and control the KBD project.

The CCI, Wapda and other had submitted their reports and replies, but only federal government was not doing this according the queries raised by the court as well as the petitioners’ counsels.

Earlier, Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) had said that the objections expressed by KPK and Sindh had been critically examined with the help of proper technical studies. And these were baseless and based on lack of information.

Plea dismissed: The Lahore High Court on Thursday rejected a petition seeking dismissal of a contempt case against President Asif Ali Zardari in view of dual office.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial sustained an objection raised by the registrar office and rejected the petition by declaring it as non-maintainable.

Advocate Afaq Ahmad filed the petition and submitted that there was no need of hearing the contempt case against the president after the judgment of Supreme Court in Asghar Khan Case. The petitioner-lawyer was of the contention that the apex court had explained the political position of President Asif Ali Zardari in the Asghar Khan case and also not raised objections on political office of the president.

He requested the court to dismiss the contempt cases by declaring it as in-fructuous.

YDA cases disposed of: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday disposed off cases on Young Doctors Association following the statement of the provincial law officer that Punjab government and doctors had reached on consensus on ‘service structure.’

The court was also informed that a murder case against young doctors of Mayo Hospital had also been withdrawn.

The petitions were filed in the high court against the strikes and protests of the doctors. The doctors had also moved the court for their service structure.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan on Tuesday resumed hearing on the petitions. He was informed that doctors and government had agreed upon service structure discussed among them during negotiations.

The court recorded the statements and disposed of petitions directing the young doctors not to hold strikes or sit-in in future.

Hearing put off: The Lahore High Court on Thursday put off hearing of a contempt petition against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for defying court orders in Gulberg Doongi Ground case till Nov 20.

The court also directed the registrar office to submit record of the Gulberg Doongi Ground case before the court on next date of hearing.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing the petition filed by Ahmad Imran Ghazi through his counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique.

The petitioner submitted that the LHC in September 2011 ordered the Punjab government to restore the Doongi Ground Park after removing all constructions from there. The court also ordered to take action against the officers who allowed the construction work at the park revealed Ahmad Imran.

He said  despite the court orders, the construction was neither removed nor action was taken against the officers involved which was contempt of court. He also claimed that the chief minister also approved construction of a library on all 39 kanal area of Doongi Ground in violation of court orders.