LAHORE -Staying illegal constructions in the Walled City, the the Lahore High Court on Friday ordered the Authority to submit reply until May 6.

Asif Ali Mirza, a Kashmiri Gate resident told the court of Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh that in violation of relevant rules, construction of high-rise buildings still continues unabated in the Walled City. He said that illegal constructions damaged old structures such as a 200-year-old Imambargah. He said such constructions of high-rises in the Walled City were illegal.

He said his family has been residing in the area for more than a hundred years. He said his ancestors set apart a piece of their property for performing rites while some builders constructed high-rises beside it, which is damaging the structure. 

He made an appeal to the court to direct the authorities to stop commercial activities in the area.

Separately, the court of Justice Ayesha A Malik dismissed a petition against the Punjab University Law College Selection Board over the promotion of Dr Shazia Qureshi. The court while announcing the verdict held that no discrimination or any irregularity was committed by the PU administration.

Assistant professors including Samee Ozair, Nawaz Dogar, Iftikhar Ahmed Tarrar and Shahbaz Ahmed Cheema of Law College of Punjab University had filed the suits and submitted that Dr Shazia Qureshi was being promoted to associate professor. The petitioners submitted that the promotion of Dr Shazia Qureshi was out of the way. They said that PU administration favored her by violating merit and selection rules as she is the wife of the PUVC Dr Mujahid Kamran.

Advocate Shahzad Shaukat, who was representing Punjab University, opposed the arguments and submitted that Iftikhar Tarrar and Nawaz Dogar had submitted application for the seat of associate professor, advertised in 2007, but they could not meet the eligibility criteria, as the research papers were not published in Higher Education Commission. He told the court that both the assistant professors were informed about their ineligibility.