LAHORE - Kirpal Singh, an Indian national imprisoned in Kot Lakhpat jail, died of cardiac arrest yesterday, officials say.

Singh, 55, was jailed in 1993 on the charges of section 302 of PPC and 7-ATA, jail superintendent Asad Waraich told The Nation, adding that the prisoner had no cardiac history.

He felt pain in his chest and on Monday and was rushed to Jinnah Hospital but he could not survive.

Kirpal Singh was involved in terrorist attack on a train running between Lahore Sargodha in 1991 and was awarded death sentence by the court.

His body has been kept in city morgue, the superintendent said.

LHC refuses to hear petition against PML-N MPA: The Lahore High Court has declined hearing of a petition seeking disqualification of MPA Mian Tariq of PML-N on the charges of concealing assets abroad.

Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi yesterday refused to hear the case citing personal reasons, and sent it to the Chief Justice to fix it before any other appropriate bench.

Mian Tariq was elected as MPA from PP-113, Gujrat-IV.

Previously, the LHC had overruled the LHC office objection and ordered to fix it before any other bench.

Ijaz Chaudhary of PML-Q had filed the petition and challenged the election of Mian Tariq saying that he established his business in Paris.

He alleged that Mian Tariq did not disclose his assets at the time of filing his nomination papers. He prayed to the court to declare him disqualified and order re-election in the constituency concerned.

Objection to Shadow cabinet plea overruled: LHC Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood yesterday overruled the office objection to a petition seeking direction for federal government to establish a ‘shadow cabinet’ to eliminate the menace of corruption from the country.

Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed had filed the petition, submitting that there was no check on corruption and misuse of power in government and semi-government departments. He maintained that public accounts committees were also not working.

“Corruption cannot be stopped until and unless the public accounts committees are made functional,” said the PTI leader. Because, he added, these committees were given mandate to keep check on corruption.

The petitioner stated that there were shadow cabinets with UK political system. He requested the court to order the government to amend the rules of business of the Punjab Assembly and establish shadow cabinet to make public accounts committees functional so that the corruption could be stopped.

Overruling the objection, the judge ordered to fix the plea for hearing before an LHC bench.