LAHORE– Lahore High Court Justice Anwar-ul-Haq referred an appeal against acquittal of Punjab chief minister Mian Shahbaz Sabzazar in Sabzazar encounter case to chief justice for its fixation to another bench.

Kurshid Khanum, mother of two brothers killed in fake police encounter, has filed the appeal through her counsel Aftab Ahmad Bajwa.

As the court started proceeding on Thursday, Mr Bajwa appeared before the court and informed that a bench headed by Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq had already been formed for hearing the same case. He requested Justice Haq to refer the appeal to chief justice for its fixation before Justice Farooq.

On his request, Justice Anwar-ul-Haq referred the appeal to the chief justice for further actions.

Ms Khanum had submitted that she never pardoned Shahbaz Sharif but the Ant-terrorism court acquitted him in the charges.Five persons were killed during a police encounter on April 4, 1998 in the jurisdiction of Sabzazar police station and the FIR was registered against 12 persons,including Mian Shahbaz Sharif, on March 29, 2001.

On March 1ST 2008, an Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) headed by Shabbir Hussain Chattha had acquitted Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif from Sabzazar police encounter case after all complainant of the case Saeed-ud-Din and legal heris of other deceased Muhammad Aslam and Nazeer Ahmad recorded their statemenmt before the court that they had no objection over Shahbaz’s acquittal. She prayed to reopen the case and cancel the acquittal of Shahbaz Sharif.

Report sought in BB murder case: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Thursday sought report from secretary interior on a writ petition seeking constitution of a judicial commission to probe into Benazir Bhutto’s murder to unearth real killers and conspirators and make their names public.

As proceeding started, a federal law officer informed that government had arrested six accused involved in assassination of former prime minister and declared as offenders three others included former army chief Pervaz Musharraf. He told the court that government could not make public the names of the assassins and plotters because it may cause adverse effects on the trail of six arrested accused.

The court asked him to submit these contentions in written and also directed the secretary interior to submit report with in three weeks.

Petitioner Benazir Lovers Council through its counsel Ilamuddin Ghazi had pleaded that BB was a famous public figure and her murder not only caused irreparable loss to Pakistan but also jolted her party Pakistan people’s Party.

He said a murderous attempt was also made on BB on her arrival in country on October 18,2007 after spending nine years in self-exile. He said dozens of citizens were killed in Karsaz(Karachi) bomb blasts but law enforcement agencies neither made any progress in investigation nor made it public. Later BB was gunned down in Liaqat Bagh Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007 along with many party workers but again no probe was done despite the fact that Pakistan had deprived of an international stature leader.

The petitioner pointed out that under article 19-A of the constitution every citizen has a right to have access to information, therefore, a judicial commission might be formed to reveal the murder of BB and also make public inquiry report of Karsaz incident.

judgment reserved: Lahore High Court Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan on Thursday reserved judgment on maintainability of a writ petition challenging oath of new LHC Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed administered by Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa.

The judge heard the petition as objection case as registrar’s office had put an objection on the petition moved by a lawyer Afaq Ahmad that he was not an aggrieved person and he had no locus standi to file the petition.

As the court resumed hearing, the petitioner-lawyer presented some documents pointing the corruption allegations on Governor Khosa.

According to the documents, an official of National Highway Authority had filed a complaint before the Supreme Court alleging that then Attorney General Latif Khan Khosa received Rs3 million from him for securing a court decision in his favour but that did not happen. The apex court had forwarded that corruption case against Latif Khan Khosa to the Pakistan Bar Council.

Mr Afaz Ahmad, petitioner-lawyer, submitted that a case against appointment of Khosa as Punjab governor was pending before the court. Moreover, he also questioned the presence of Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif in oath taking ceremony saying his acquittal in Sabzazar police encounter case was also challenged and pending adjudication in the court.

He further pointed out that portraits of President Asif Ali Zardari and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto were also displayed in the ceremony. He said a case pertained to holding of political office by the President Zardari was also pending in the high court while Z.A Bhutto (late) was convicted by the court.  

The petitioner submitted under such circumstances CJ Sh Azmat Saeed should have not taken oath by Governor Sardar Latif Khosa.