LAHORE - The LHC admitted for preliminary hearing a petition seeking disqualification of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Justice Ayesha A Malik is due to take up the petition today. It has been moved by PTI leader Ijaz Chaudhary through senior lawyer Babar Awan.

The petition says that the chief minister breached his oath by order relocation of his family’s sugar mills despite a ban. The CM, the petition further said, violated Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

ARGUMENTS SOUGHT

 The Lahore High Court has been approached for order for action on petitions pending with the Supreme Court Judicial Council against various judges of superior courts.

The petitioner – Advocate AK Dogar - says the petitions have been pending for long but no action has been taken on them.  Since all citizens are equal in the eye of law, he said, the court should order action on them.

The LHC chief justice heard the petition yesterday but asked the petitioner to come up with arguments on its maintainability.

The matter has been adjourned until January 11.

PAT PLEA REJECTED

The LHC yesterday rejected a petition by the Pakistan Awami Tehrik that the Model Town killings inquiry report be made part of the plaint.

Statements of prosecution and other witnesses are sufficient for the bench to reach some conclusion, said a three-judge bench, headed by Justice Yawar Ali.

PROFESSOR’S PLEA REJECTED

The LHC rejected a petition moved by an assistant professor of the Punjab University that the Higher Education Commission be restrained from carrying out inquiry against him for plagiarism in research.

Zulfikar Ahmed Bohra, the petitioner, said the matter should be handled by the Punjab University, not the HEC, as it did not have the power to do so.

The LHC CJ said the petitioner should not hesitate from appearing before the HEC.

Agents arrested

Two land route agents and one accused was arrested by FIA Gujranwala and Gujrat, said spokesman for FIA on Tuesday.

He said that those arrested included Muhammad Ali and Riaz land route agents who were involved in sending people abroad and minting money from them, both the accused belonged to Gujrat.

One accused Naeem ghani a land route agent was arrested by FIA Gujranwala.

A senior officer of the FIA said that accused used to send people Middle East and Gulf Countries as well as European countries through land routes and minted heavy amounts from them.