LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Bar Association has withdrawn itself from a reference sent to the Supreme Judicial Council against former Chief Justice Iftikhar  Muhammad Chaudhry and three other judges Justice Jawad S Khawaja, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Khilji Arif.

The LHCBA had on November 10 sent the reference.

It had accused that former CJP and his associate judges of trampling the Constitutional norms in various ways and wrongful use of contempt of court law. The main allegation was changing the election schedule for President of Pakistan by these judges.

Talking to The Nation, LHCBA Vice President Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar Nihang said that the bar had some reservations against the former CJP.

However, the remaining three judges had attended the annual dinner given by the bar to its members few days ago, he said, adding, that following the goodwill gesture of the judges the bar decided to withdraw the reference.

LHC SEEKS REPLY FROM GOVT OVER APPOINTMENTS

The Lahore High Court on Thursday sought reply from Federal government on a petition challenging appointments of WAPDA Chairman and its two members.

The court directed the Federal government to submit reply till February 28th.

Earlier, petitioner Aslam Masood Siddiqui through his counsel submitted that WAPDA Chairman and its two members had been appointed in violations of rules and on political grounds by the government.

The eligible candidates were in a state of disappointment due to such appointments, the lawyer maintained.

He pointed out that dozens of officers from grade 21 and above had been again appointed in the authority after their retirement which was a clear violation of Supreme Court judgments.

He requested the court to take notice of such violations in appointments in WAPDA and issue directions to the Federal government for removal of the Chairman and two members.

LHC ISSUES NOTICES TO

ECP, PML-N MPA

The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to Election Commission of Pakistan and a PML-N MPA Waris Kahloo on a petition seeking directions for recounting of ballot papers in PP-42 constituency of Khushab district.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders on the petition moved by runner up candidate Khuda Bux.

Earlier, the petitioner through his counsel submitted that Waris Kahloo succeeded in the May 11, 2013 elections by rigging.

An Election Tribunal had dismissed his application for recounting in the constituency without hearing the petitioner, the lawyer pointed out, alleging that the people of his constituency had voted him in great numbers, but he was defeated.

He requested the court to issue directions to the ECP for recounting of ballots in the constituency.