LAHORE - Lahore High Court sought reply from Punjab Government on Friday regarding implementation on recommendations of Fire Safety Commission in high-rise buildings of the provincial capital.

At the outset of the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel said the construction of the multi-storey plazas was on rampant in whole city including the Walled City Authority, ignoring fire safety measures and ample parking provision. A few days back, fire in New Anarkali plaza took many lives due to lack of fire safety measures and emergency exit facility, he submitted.

The counsel said that recommendations of the fire safety commission were not enforced by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).

Representing the fire safety commission, Advocate Ahmad Rafay Alam said that the recommendations had been made part of building by-laws. However, the Walled City Authority’s counsel said that the construction of another 200 commercial buildings had been stopped in the walled city.

After hearing both sides, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of LHC sought reply from the Punjab government and adjourned further hearing till March 20.

Asif Ali Mirza, a resident of Kashmiri Gate, had filed the petition and said the construction of the identified buildings was not stopped even after stay order passed by the court.

Appointment challenged: A writ petition has been filed in Lahore High Court challenging appointment of Ameena Sohail as Member Legal in Ministry of Information Technology.

Advocate Noshab A Khan, a lawyer-petitioner, filed the petition on Friday submitting that Ameena was appointed as Member Legal on December 12, 2014. Her appointment was made on the basis of nepotism as many experienced candidates having vast relevant experience as compared to that of Ameena were ignored, he added.

The petitioner prayed the court to direct the ministry for withdrawal of appointment notification.

Dismissed: A division bench of Lahore High Court disposed of a petition on Friday filed against report of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in murder case of a PTI worker, Haq Nawaz, with directions to approach the department concerned (Home Department).

Atta Muhammad, brother of the slain worker, had filed in the petition saying that Minister Abid Sher Ali, former provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah, Faisalabad DCO Noorul Amin Mengal and many other leaders of PML-N were nominated in the FIR. He argued that the JIT, in its investigation report, did not even discuss the names of these above-said influential personalities nominated in the FIR.

The petitioner further stated that the JIT violated the law by not investigating the nominated suspects. He prayed the court to cancel the report of the JIT submitted before the trial court and order it to hold the investigation afresh on merits.

Haq Nawaz was killed during a PTI rally in Faisalabad last year allegedly by firing carried out by workers of the ruling party.