LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Wednesday sought reply from the Punjab government on appointment of Dr Syed Abul Hassan Najmi as Provincial Secretary Law after retirement. The Lahore High Court issued notices to the Punjab Government and Provincial Secretary Law and ordered for filing reply till May 10. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed passed these orders on a petition filed by Arif Raja Advocate who has challenged appointment of Dr Syed Abul Hassan as Provincial Secretary Law. The petitioner submitted that Syed Abul Hassan had worked as Secretary Punjab Assembly for ten years and recently retired from this post in 2008. The Punjab Government appointed him as Secretary Law after his retirement which was against Civil Service Act Punjab 1974 and Article 240 of the constitution, adding any retired person could not be appointed on contract or permanent post. After hearing arguments, the court ordered respondents to file reply in the matter. Suo moto on girls murder The Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Wednesday took a suo moto notice against the murder of minor girl Ishba Parveen after a criminal assault and the later incident of snatching of the victim girls dead body from the protesters by Sheikhupura police. The CJ directed District Police Officer of Sheikhupura to appear in person on April 15 and report about the actual facts and action taken by the police in the matter. Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif observed that the incident widely splashed by media and such gruesome incidents and brute action by the police cannot be unnoticed by courts of motherland. The CJ further directed the Advocate General Punjab to assist the court on the matter.