BZU degree case: New LHC bench to hear case on a daily basis

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought arguments from both sides on petitions moved by students of Bahauddin Zakariya University Lahore campus seeking recognition of their degrees.  Earlier, a full bench headed by Justice Sayyed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi was hearing the matter but it was dissolved due to unavailability of Justice Naqvi at the principal seat. BZU’s officials and law officers appeared before the court.  The new full bench, comprising Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti and Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan will hear the matter on a daily basis from January 15. The students said that the varsity had refused to recognize their degrees due to which their future was at stake.  They said that they attended classes, studied and the mostly importantly paid fee for their study. However, the varsity’s officials opposed the petitions saying that admissions were given in violation of the approval of the syndicate. The bench sought more arguments from both sides and adjourned the hearing until Jan 15. –Staff Reporter

 Replies sought over amendment to special persons ordinance

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday directed federal and Punjab government to submit replies within two weeks on petition seeking necessary amendments to Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance. Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order.  Asfand Khan Tareen had moved the petition submitting that the impugned ordinance had many defects which should necessarily be removed. He pointed out that in this ordinance the offensive words were used for special persons and children. He said that to call special persons as deaf, dump or disable person was highly objectionable. He said that no society could progress without utilizing the abilities of special persons whereas the worlds used in the ordinance for all these citizens of Pakistan could only cause depression. He asked the court that directions should be issued for removal of all such errors and lacunas from the ordinance. He also asked the court to impose complete ban on use for objectionable words for special persons and kids. –Staff Reporter

 LHC moved to ban coverage of Nawaz, Maryam’s speeches

A civil miscellaneous application was moved to the Lahore High Court on Tuesday seeking directives for PEMRA to ban coverage of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Safdar’s speeches due to their alleged anti-judiciary remarks.  Amina Malik, a local citizen, attached the application to an already pending petition questioning coverage of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Safdar’s speeches.  In her plea, she said that disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam had continuously been attacking judges of the Supreme Court. She said Sharif was also trying to discredit the judiciary. She said she approached PEMRA against coverage of their speeches but it did not take any action to address this issue. She said that Sharif and Maryam criticized judges of the SC at a public gathering in Kot Momin on January 6. She said Sharif was of the view “double standards of justice in the country were unacceptable” and Maryam stated “justice will be restored one day”. She said Maryam also stated that “disqualified Nawaz Sharif unnerved his rivals”.  She asked the court to order PEMRA to ban speeches of Sharif and his daughter Maryam. She also asked the court to direct PEMRA to stop anti-judiciary speeches and suspend licences of the TV channels covering anti-judiciary and hate speeches.  Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC would take up the petition on Monday (today).–Staff Reporter