LAHORE - A consumer court on Monday ordered a former doctor of Children Hospital, Dr Tahir Masood, to pay GBP212,267 in compensation to a family, for damaging a newly born girl’s liver in 2007.

In his verdict, Presiding Officer of Lahore Consumer Court Syed Khursheed Rizvi found Professor Dr Tahir Masood of Children Hospital guilty of showing criminal negligence in the treatment of Syeda Durre Zahra.

Syed Ali Murtaza had filed a suit against Dr Tahir Masood, saying that he took his three-month-old baby to UK for liver transplant and spent 2,06,625 pounds at Kings College Hospital, London. The Punjab government had provided him 155,000 pounds for the liver transplant of his daughter. The petitioner said Dr Tahir, while damaging the girl’s liver during the treatment, committed criminal negligence.

After the court reached its verdict, the doctor has to pay an amount of 155000 pounds sterling to the Punjab government. He has also been ordered to pay the family Rs13 million as cost for travel, stay in UK, and as recurrent medical expenditure of the infant child. The judge also ordered the professor to pay 57,267 pounds sterling to the complainant as cost of liver transplant, while Rs100, 000 as litigation charges.

The court also directed the Punjab Health Care Commission to take notice of the criminal negligence of the said professor and check his expertise.

Bangash granted remand: A National Accountability Court Monday granted 15-day physical remand to Shaukat Ullah Bhangash, son of PPP Senator Saifulllah Bangash, and handed him over to NAB authorities to investigate him in land fraud case.

NAB officials produced Shaukat Ullah Bangash before the NAB court and sought his physical remand pleading that he was wanted to NAB in a land fraud of billions of rupees.

The officials told the judge that the accused had to pay Rs 50 millions in the case. They told the judge that the 19 persons were involved in the land fraud of Qasar-i-Zauq, a marriage hall in Gulberg area.

The sons of two dignitaries Justice (r) Malik Qayyum and Senator Gulzar were also involved in the said fraud, the officials said. They requested the judge to send Shaukatullah Banghash on physical remand, so that hey could investigate him.

The court accepted the plea of the NAB officials and granted 15-day physical remand to the accused and handed him over to NAB authorities.

Notice to govt in plea against Chinese consulatE: Justice Shahid Mubeen of the Lahore High Court Monday sought replies from the federal and Punjab governments in a petition filed against the construction of Chinese consulate in residential area of New Muslim Town.

Rana Sajjad Siddique, a local resident, had filed the petition and submitted that a property near to his house had been given to Chinese consulate illegally on rent for $40,000 per month. The petitioner said that the construction of the consulate on green belt and service road will cause problems for the residents of the area as they had been ordered not to par their vehicles and cars around the said property. The consulate’s construction would also involve the canal road and green belt, he said.

He further said that the public have right to use public roads but by the construction of Chinese consulate on service road they could not use it which is illegal and unlawful. The public roads around the property had also been converted to narrow passages due to which the residents could not take their vehicles out of houses, he said. While the check posts may be target of terrorist in future that would create problems for the residents of the locality.

He prayed the court to order demolition of the security wall and the check post outside the proposed site for Chinese consulate for being unlawful and against the fundamental rights of the citizens. The court will resume hearing on August 11 (today).