LAHORE – The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) has announced to observe Black Day on Thursday (today) against the Contempt of Court Bill 2012 adopted by the National Assembly.

LBA office-bearers, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday, said the lawyers would boycott the court proceedings and black flags would be waived on the bar rooms in protest against the new law. “The lawyers’ community rejects the new law,” they stressed, adding the fraternity would fight against such amendments to the Constitution.

They further said the purpose of the amended law was to save the new prime minister, Raja Parvaiz Ashraf, from the NRO judgement. The LBA president, while talking to TheNation, said the bar would launch a massive movement against the rulers who wanted to save black money through such laws. “The parliamentarians instead of addressing public issues are involved in serving their vested interests,” he added.

PAC seeks transparency in financial affairs of varsities:  Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Chaudhry Zaheerud Din has asked Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa to hold a meeting with the syndicate of public sector universities to bring transparency in their financial matters.

The PAC meeting, held on Wednesday with Zaheer in the chair, discussed the audit paragraphs pertaining to the Higher Education Department.

“It is mandatory to hold two meetings of the university syndicate each year,; however, this has become impossible because of the governor’s busy schedule,” Zaheer said.

He directed the additional secretary of the Higher Education Department to submit a report within 15 days regarding the Rs260 million of the University of Education, Okara Campus, which were fix deposited in a bank in 2005 under low profit ratio. The meeting was also attended by PAC members Rana Abdul Rehman and Mian Yawar Zaman.