LAHORE - Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court on Monday adjourned hearing for final arguments on several identical petitions challenging the tariff increase by Nepra till January 19. The judge observed that the court wanted to decide the matter without any delay so all the counsels should conclude their arguments by January 19 - next date of hearing. If needed the court would hold day-to-day proceedings on the petitions, the court also observed. Earlier Barrister Syed Ali Zafar extended arguments on behalf of All Pakistan Textile Mills Associations (Aptma) and other textile mills. Counsels for Lesco, Fesco and other respondents companies also advanced their arguments. Petitioner's counsel arguing for the textile mills located in the jurisdiction of Fesco submitted that this was a unique case because Fesco never filed a petition for the increase of tariff and yet Nepra on its own increased the tariff rates only on the ground that this would be consistent with other distribution companies (DISCOs). The counsel argued that the order of Nepra was illegal because even if Nepra could revise the tariff suo motu, it still had to follow the principal of natural justice and hearing and had to deal with the objections of all stake-holders and consumers of Fesco, which was not done in this case. In fact no notice was served on the consumers at all, he pointed out. He also argued that the tariff could not be increased on the ground of "for the sake of consistency with other DISCOs" but that each case had to be considered on merit, and the increase was only possible after considering all the standards and requirements specified under the Nepra Act on case-to-case basis. LHCBA starts signature campaign Lahore High Court Bar Association on Monday started signature campaign in a bid to spearhead their movement for restoration of sacked judges. LHCBA president Anwar Kamal addressing a press conference said that they had set target to have 10 million signatures of the masses and people from different walks of life which would prove their favour for the lawyers movement. He said before March 9, when they would hold their long march towards Islamabad, they would present the signatures to the Parliament to remind it the promise of President Asif Ali Zardari to restore the judiciary. Kamal was accompanied by Pakistan Bar Council Member Hamid Khan, LHCBA secretary Rana Asadullah, Supreme Court Bar Association secretary Shaukat Umar Pirzada, and Lahore Bar Association president Manzoor Qadir. They also condemned the decision of executive committee of Pakistan Bar Council for delaying the elections of all provincial bar councils for one year. They alleged that the executive committee of PBC took this decision to gain political motives with malafide intention. They said according to the constitution, the elections of provincial bar councils cannot be delayed and the entire bar associations of Pakistan would agitate against this decision.