LAHORE - The Pakistan Awami Tehreek yesterday filed a writ petition in Lahore High Court against the appointment of Justice (r) Aamer Raza Khan as chairman of an inquiry committee.

Challenging Khan’s selection for the head of an enquiry committee which will probe into leaking of information of a high-level meeting between civil-military officials, the PAT through its deputy secretary Ishtiaq Chaudhary submitted that the former judge enjoys good relations with the PML-N leaders.

He submitted that the former justice also served as chairman of Punjab healthcare commission in recent past. The petitioner held that he was sure that the inquiry would not be held in a fair and transparent manner as Aamer Raza Khan was the head of the inquiry committee.

The petitioner contended that the appointment of the retired justice was in violation of the Constitution. He prayed the court to set aside the impugned appointment..

Anti-terror sections reinstated

in Kasur scandal

The Lahore High Court yesterday allowed prosecution appeal and restored provisions of Anti-Terrorism law earlier revoked from cases registered against the suspects of Kasur child-abuse scandal.

A division bench headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan passed the order after hearing detailed arguments of both sides. Arguing before the court, Deputy Prosecutor General Khurram Khan told the two-judge bench that the incidents of child-abuse not only damaged the country’s image across the world but ruined the lives of the victims and their families. Panic and fear was spreading in the whole district, he added.

The prosecutor said that the suspects were also charged for “kidnapping for ransom” and the offense attracted provisions of anti terrorism law. He prayed the court to set aside the impugned decision of the trial court and reinstate the deleted ATA sections in the cases.

The suspects’ counsel, however, opposed the prosecuto’s arguments defending the decision of trial court.

In August 2015, The Nation exposed the country’s biggest children’s abuse scandal in Kasur wherein 280 children were sexually abused, tortured and demanded money against their videos.

Justice Dar takes oath as

acting LHC chief justice

Senior Puisne Judge of the Lahore High Court, Justice Shahid Hameed Dar yesterday took oath as acting chief justice.

Senior judge, Justice Yawar Ali administered the oath to Justice Dar at a ceremony attended by other judges, senior lawyers, law officers and bar members.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah left to Singapore on official visit to participate in the 20th anniversary celebrations of Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) at National University of Singapore. Justice Shah would also address “Climate Change and its Challenges – a judicial perspective”.