Lahore - The Lahore High Court yesterday observed that apparently the protection of historical monuments and environment was ignored while launching Orange Line.

The court sought review report from the Lahore Development Authority and put off the proceedings until April 18.

A division bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh held the proceedings on different identical petitions challenging historical buildings of the provincial capital.

Azhar Siddique, representing civil society, told the Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh-led division bench that the environmental pollution had increased in the city mainly because of this project.

Concluding his arguments, the counsel said that the government started the project without proper planning; protection of historical buildings and environmental problems were completely ignored.

He said the government took permission from the Environment Department at the time when there was short of staff. The proper work was not done on the report issued by the department concerned, he stated. The lawyer said all historical buildings were under threat of destruction.

At this, the bench observed that it seems that no proper planning was made before initiating the project. The court directed LDA to submit review report on the project by the next hearing.

LHC dismisses pleas for

putting PM, ECP on ECL: The Lahore High Court yesterday dismissed a petition seeking directives to place the name of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Election Commissioner on exit control list.

A local citizen Syed Iqtiar Shah had filed the petition stating that a chit was recovered from the ballot box during presidential election back in 1998. He said it was an anti-Pakistan chit as someone had written against the ideology of Pakistan and Pakistani state.

The petitioner said that the then authorities announced to investigate the matter and fix responsibility on the real perpetrators but no action was taken so far.

Shah submitted that neither the PM nor the ECP fulfilled their duties. Who was the person there who dared to attack Pakistan by putting an anti-state chit in the ballot box, he questioned. The petitioner prayed to the court punish PM and ECP in accordance with law for their alleged failure to investigate and reach the real culprits.

After hearing some arguments of the petitioner, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali shah dismissed the petition.