LAHORE - A constitutional petition was filed yesterday in the Supreme Court registry, seeking directions for the federal government to hold a national level referendum over the matter of Kala Bagh Dam’s construction.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan of Watan Party had filed the petition, saying: “The government, Council of Common Interest and political parties do not want to build Kala Bagh Dam.”

The petitioner maintained the government had badly failed to comply with the orders regarding construction of Kala Bagh Dam. “The entire country has plunged into darkness due to not building this dam,” he added.

He further stated that huge amount of water was being wasted every year which could have been saved if the dam had been there. The agricultural land, he submitted, was losing its fertility due to lack of water while the labourers of the industrial units were losing their jobs.

He said a referendum at the national level can help determine the will of people regarding construction of this dam.

LHC moved against CM House

employee: A writ petition was filed yesterday in the Lahore High Court against an employee of the Chief Minister House allegedly involved in harassing an employee of Jinnah Hospital.

Tauqeer Yousaf, an admin officer of Jinnah Hospital, filed the petition alleging that Muhammad Athar Javed Khan, who is employee with Punjab Chief Minister House, was pushing him to leave his official residence in Wahdat Colony.

The petitioner submitted that Muhammad Yaseen, who was employee with Board of Revenue, was supporting Khan and had been creating problems for him.

The petitioner alleged that the accused was misusing his powers.

Tauqeer Yousaf said he was living with his family in a quarter in Wahdat Colony. Initially the residence was allotted to his father, the petitioner said, but later it was transferred to him in 1998.

He prayed to the court to stop the respondents from harassing him, and order Wahdat road police to take action against the officers.