ISLAMABAD -  Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf prayed to the Supreme Court to make it a party in the Punjab government’s appeal against the Lahore High Court verdict on Orange Line Metro Train Project.

A five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, will hear Nespak, Lahore Development Authority and the Punjab government appeals against the LHC verdict on October 13.

The Lahore High Court on 19-08-2016 stopped all the work within 200 feet of the five heritage buildings and the five special premises. It also revoked the NOCs issued by the archaeology DG and the chief secretary’s committee under Antiquities Act, 1975, and Special Premises Ordinance, 1985.

PTI Lahore District (Urban) President Walid Iqbal had filed the petition under Order V Rule 2(2) of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, containing a request to make PTI a party to the case.

Walid stated he took the office of PTI District Lahore (urban) president on 25-08-2016, while the LHC judgment was announced on 19-08-2016, so he could not file an application before the high court.

Walid said the PTI was the second largest political party as it secured second highest number of votes in the general elections 2013. He stated that in the democratic setup, it was the duty of the opposition to ensure that a proper and effective system of checks and balances was in place regarding the conduct of government.

It stated that the conduct and manner in which NOCs were granted by the government officials in subjugation to the command of the Punjab government without any application of mind and acting against the law clearly demonstrates that the decision taken was based upon vested interests, mala fide and against public interest.

He said the national monuments and heritage sites were not only pride of the people of Lahore but also gave them insight into the past glory of their structural, cultural, sculptural, artistic and archaeological skills.

The petitioner maintained that the appeal was not only a matter of national importance in the light of the Constitution and national laws, including Antiquity Act, 1975, the Punjab Special Premises (Preservation) Ordinance, 1985, the Punjab Heritage Foundation Act, 2005, but also of international significance as per the Unesco Convention.

The petitioner said his presence before the august court was necessary as he would assist it to settle the questions involved in the appeal effectively and conclusively.