LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Monday sought reply from the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on a petition challenging a notification barring construction on area around 2,000 acre land around Jati Umra, allegedly to favour the Sharif brothers. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah directed the CDGL to submit reply until April 24. The petition was moved by Advocate Noshab A Khan who submitted that the CDGL administrator on February 4 had issued a notification after which 2,000 acres around Jati Umra was kept frozen with respect to development of new housing schemes by all public and private agencies with immediate effect. He said by this notification this area could not be used in future besides agricultural purposes. He submitted that revenue officers of the Jati Umra had been directed to seek no objection certificate (NOC) before passing any mutation in favour of any housing scheme, which means the notification has been issued to accommodate political personalities.  He submitted that the impugned notification and demarcation of the area cordoned was not based upon any section of the approved master plan of Lahore.  The petitioner submitted that the purpose of the notification is to stop the landowners of the cordoned area from constructing their homes and even to grow crops on their agriculture land. He submitted that the entire exercised was to declare this area a state for those political figures who are inhabitants of Jati Umra.  He said the impugned notification was violation of the fundamental rights of the people living in the cordoned area or having their underdeveloped housing colonies. He requested to declare the notification as illegal and unconstitutional.