LAHORE: The Lahore High Court today issued notice to federal and the Punjab government in a petition filed for establishment of a ‘Shadow Cabinet’ to eliminate the menace of corruption from the country and to make Public Accounts Committees functional.

Justice Ch. Muhammad Masood Jahangir took up the petition filed by Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed of PTI.  The Judge adjourned further hearing until May 24.

Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf and opposition leader in Punjab assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed had filed the petition. He submitted that there was no check on corruption and misuse of power in government and semi-government departments. He said public accounts committees were also not working. Corruption cannot be stopped until and unless the public accounts committees were made functional. Because, he said, these committees were given mandate to keep check on corruption.

The petitioner stated that there were shadow cabinets with U.K 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.