LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Tuesday summoned Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general today (Wednesday) for not submitting replies in hundreds of pending petitions against the authority.

“We have tired of sending notices to them (LDA),”Justice Shahid Kairm remarked while hearing petitions filed by Azhar Majeed, Khurram Ameen, Asim Qureshi, Ghulam Rasool and others.

The court directed the AG to ensure presence of LDA DG today. “The LDA has made fun of court’s orders; LDA, its lawyers have been wasting time and public money,” the judge snapped back when a lawyer represented LDA.

In meantime LDA Waqar A Sheikh appeared in the court and submitted that there might be a “mistake on part of the office”. On it the court said: “It is not your problem, now the court will resolve this issue. No one represent LDA here before the court.” He also took swipe at the Federal Board of Revenue for its lethargy.

court moved agaisnt PM,

ministers, Punjab CM

A former Supreme Court judge filed a  petition in the Lahore High Court Tuesday seeking disqualification of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, federal ministers, Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif, law minister Rana Sanaullah for allegedly violating oath. Ex-SC judge Faisal Naseer Khan pleaded that the respondents took “personal benefits and failed to protect fundamental rights of citizens and thus they violated their oath”.

He submitted the respondents should be declared disqualified for violating their oath and the Constitution and their names should also be put on the exit control list (ECL).  He asked the court to disqualify the respondents and order recovery of all perks and privileges enjoyed by the respondents.

 ‘Corrupt’ SHO denied bail

An LHC division bench dismissed a bail application of a Station House Officer (SHO) involved in accumulating assets beyond his known sources of  income, APP reported.The bench, headed by Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf, heard the bail application of the accused SHO Rana Imran Saleem. During the hearing, petitioner's counsel submitted that the  National Accountability Bureau (NAB) arrested his client on charges of having assets beyond his known sources of income. He contended  that the allegations levelled against his client were baseless as the bureau did not have any proof.  He pleaded with the court to grant benefit of bail to the petitioner. However, the NAB prosecutor opposed the contentions and submitted that solid evidence was available against the accused. He requested the bench to dismiss the bail application. Meanwhile, Accountability Court-IV Judge Khaqan Babar Tuesday indicted the accused SHO in the illegal assets case and adjourned the hearing till Dec 20 while summoning the prosecution witnesses. A few months ago, the NAB Lahore arrested the accused SHO, who was posted to CIA Gujrat then. It was revealed during investigation that the accused and his family members own numerous properties/ plots in Gujranwala worth millions of rupees.  Beside multiple foreign visits, several vehicles belonging to him and his family had also been detected during the course of investigations.

Suspected fraudster

plea dismissed

A Lahore High Court division bench Tuesday dismissed bail application of an accused, Shafiq Hali, owner of Hali Motors, involved in a fraud case. The bench headed by Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf heard the bail application of Shafiq Hali. During the proceedings, the petitioner's counsel arguing before the court submitted that allegations  levelled against his client were baseless.

He pleaded the court to grant benefit of bail to him. The NAB had already arrested cashier Muhammad Azam in October 2016, whereas his partner Naeem Irfan was also arrested.