LAHORE – Lahore High Court Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik on Tuesday issued notice to Federal Investigation Agency on a petition of Federal Minister Manzoor Wattoo’s relative alleging the minister trying to grab his house with the support of FIA.

Petitioner, Barkat Ahmad Chaudhry submitted that he contracted marriage of his son Tariq Chaudhry with Jahan Ara, daughter of Manzoor Wattoo. However, due to some domestic problems he disassociated his son and asked him to leave the house situated in Cavalry Ground. He stated that his son plotted with his father in-law (Manzoor Wattoo) to grab his precious house, and got him involved in fake visas scandal through FIA officials. Mr Barkat said he submitted complain to police authorities but it fell on deaf ears.

He requested to bar the FIA from taking any action against him and harassing his family. He also prayed to order the police to take action against the respondents including the minister.

After contentions, the judge sought reply from FIA authorities within two weeks.

Reply sought from Okara DCO on contempt plea:  The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought report from Okara District Coordination Officer on a contempt of court petition filed by four government officers.

Muhammad Akram and other petitioners submitted that the LHC ordered the DCO Saif Anjum two month ago to take action on pending inquiries of corruption made by Superintendent Health of Tehsil Municipal Administration, Okara Abdul Hameed Shad. The inquiry officers recommended termination of Abdul Hameed Shaed declaring him as corrupt and blackmailer officer of the department. But, the DCO was not proceeding on the inquiry’s recommendations, petitioners pleaded.

After hearing contentions, Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan issued notice to DCO Saif Anjum and sought report within two weeks.

Meanwhile, the same court had directed Punjab Chief Secretary to decide on merit case of a master’s degree holder girl Hina Eithisham who approached the court against alleged political discrimination in Punjab Chief Minister Yellow Cab Scheme.

Hina, through her counsel Fakhar Razzaq Advocate, submitted that she had applied for the provision of cab after fulfilling all requirements set by the government. But, she said, her application was subjected to discrimination for being a daughter of a PPP activist.

She requested to take notice of the discrimination by provincial authorities, and direct them to issue her cab being an eligible applicant.

After arguments, Justice Khan directed the chief secretary to look into the matter and decide petitioner’s application in accordance with law within two weeks.