LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the attorney general on a petition seeking directions to the ECP restraining tax defaulter politicians from contesting elections.

Justice Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders on the petition moved by Advocate Noshab A Khan.

The petitioner submitted that article 62 and 63 of the constitution barred tax defaulters from participating in elections; however, these articles had never been enforced.

He pointed out that about 300 parliamentarians did not pay tax while 88 even didn’t have National Tax Number (NTN).

He requested the court to direct the ECP to restrain tax defaulter politicians from contesting upcoming general elections and framed rules in this regard.

Justice Mansoor heard arguments and sought reply from the ECP and the attorney general within one week.

NOTICE TO SECYS: The LHC issued notice to the interior and foreign affairs secretaries on a petition of two Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jail despite completion of their terms.

Justice Shujaat Ali Khan issued the order on the petition moved by Satya Kaur and Kanta Kumari Advocate Awais Sheikh seeking release of their husbands from Kot Lakhpat Jail.

The counsel submitted that Mangal Singh and Ram Das were relinquishing in country’s jail despite completion of their imprisonment three months and one year, respectively.

After completion of the imprisonment, the detention of both Indians was illegal, unlawful and against the principles of natural justice.

He requested the court to direct Prisons IGP and the Punjab home secretary to produce Mangal Singh and Ram Das before the court.

He also requested the court to direct respondents including the secretary interior and the foreign affairs secretary to release the husbands of the petitioners and make arrangements for sending them to India.

NOTICE TO AGP: The LHC issued notice to the attorney general of Pakistan on a petition moved by 18 sentenced officials of Army under section 59 of Field Court Martial Act, 1952.

Sagheer Ahmad and other officials including a civilian moved the petition by submitting that they were sacked from the military and sentenced for ten years each.

The petitioners submitted that they were sentenced for ten years without mentioning the period of custody by the security force.

They pointed out that earlier the court had directed the quarters concerned to give them relief under section 382 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) considering the custody period also as punishment.

They said the authorities were not obeying the court orders and using delaying tactics.

Representing the federal government, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Iftikhar Shahid appeared before the court. He told the court that Supreme Court had granted leave (re-hearing of a case) against; however, the LHC’s order had not been suspended.

Adyala Jail Superintendent Malik Mushtaq also appeared before the court and stated that he had not received any directions from the authorities concerned about the inclusion of the custody period into the petitioner’s sentence.

At this, Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu observed that they respondents comprising state, attorney general and Judge Advocate General (JAG) were bound to implement the order of LHC until suspended by the apex court.  The court issued notice to the attorney general for March 18 and directed him to file reply after appearing personally before the court.