Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday directed advocate general Islamabad to submit a comprehensive report about measures taken for security of courts in the federal capital.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq conducted hearing of the petition moved by Manzoor Ahmed Bhatti through his counsel Yasir Mehmood Chaudhry Advocate.

Besides issuing these directions, the IHC single bench also issued notices to the other respondents including secretary interior, chief commissioner Islamabad, inspector general of Islamabad police and others in this matter.

The petitioner has contended before the court that security arrangements at Islamabad district courts and IHC are insufficient. He stated that there are 70 district courts and more than 2,000 lawyers are practicing there.

However, due to insufficient security measures, lawyers and litigants feel unsafe.

Therefore, the petitioner prayed to the court to direct the authorities to appoint Elite police force at Islamabad district and high courts and declare the area as sensitive.

After issuing the abovementioned directions, the IHC bench directed advocate general to submit a report till October 26 and deferred the proceedings.

In another matter, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the IHC issued notices to the directorate general of immigration and passports (DGIP) and the ministry of interior after a petitioner challenged the award of security laminates contract for machine readable passport (MRP).

The contract was awarded to a firm Reliance International while the petitioner Iman Group was also a bidder for this contract and declared unsuccessful in the bidding process.

The firm through its counsel Raja Inam Amin Minhas argued before the court that the contract was awarded in a shabby manner.

It stated that Reliance International CEO through his personal contacts modified the tender requirements after which lab testing of some additional features was added.

The petitioner firm adopted that the tender was modified to benefit Reliance International as the said firm wanted to eliminate its competitors during the technical evaluation.

The petitioner also contested this matter before the relevant authorities but they paid no heed to it.

Therefore, it has prayed to the court to declare the bidding process as illegal and direct the authorities to start this matter afresh.

After preliminary hearing, the IHC bench directed the above said respondent to submit reply within fortnight in this matter.