LAHORE Four prosecution witnesses in the National Insurance Company Limited land purchase scam Thursday denied before the Banking Court involvement of PML(Q) MPA Ch Moonis Elahi in the opening of the accounts with their respective branch of Allied Bank where the prosecution alleges, the scammed money was transferred for Elahi. The witnesses including three employees of the Allied Bank, Airport Branch, and Manager Customer service of the Bank at Multan Road Branch, denied opening of any account by Moonis Elahis manager Muhammad Maalik and stated that the accounts in question were personally opened and operated by two individuals namely Adil Manzur and Khadim Rasul. Earlier Moonis Elahi was brought to the Special Court amid highly tight security. The witnesses testified last day included Omar Farooq Dhami, Nadia Faisal, Shaukat Hussain and Muhammad Atif Saleem. Atif Saleem stated that the FIA authorities coerced him into signing a blank paper which was contrary to the banking rules. He said the account in question was solely operated by Khadim Rasul at the Multan Road branch of the Bank. He also said he did not record any statement with the FIA although he visited its office many times. Omar Farooq, officer at Airport Branch stated that on seeking by the FIA he had provided the agency with relevant record but never recorded any statement with it however added, he was forced to sign blank paper and did not know what was put on it. Nadia Faisal, Manager Customer Service stated that one Adil Manzur had come to her to get the account opened which she did after verifying his identity from the Nadra record. Shaukat Hussain testified that he saw Manzur opening the account and knows nothing more. Christian graves: The Lahore High Court has issued notice to the Punjab government to seek reply to a petition which has questioned the shifting of Christian graves located near the Kalma Chowk and Barkat Market graveyard to a plot in Abu Bakar Block, New Garden Town to widen the road. On a petition filed by Rana Habibur Rehman and Mufti Abu Bakar, the bench of Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad also issued notice for July 18 to the Lahore Development Authority and the LDA director general for entering representation on the next hearing. The Advocate General Office has also been directed to seek instructions on the petition and inform the court of the Punjab government stand on the issue. The petitioners contend that the respondents carrying development work at Kalma Chowk and Barkat Market areas are going to demolish a part of a 60-year-old Christian graveyard in Abu Bakar Block which touches the road connecting the Canal Road and Barkat Market. They contend the graves from the said graveyard are being shifted to a plot number 59, Abu Bakar block which is a disputed property. The residents of Abu Bakar block do not have their own graveyard as such they have to bury the dead in Miani Sahib graveyard or any other. The law required the authorities to assign place for graveyard in every locality but in present case the same is not being observed. They contended that shifting of Christian graves amounts to desecration of the dead and their graves and if that did not stop, a tense situation may erupt. They said it was the government responsibility to provide place for the graveyard of the Christians nearest to their vicinity where they live in majority. They said they also moved the SHO concerned to seek legal remedy to stop shifting of the graves but the cop took no action on their complaint. Haj quota reply: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhary Thursday called for a report from the Federal Ministry for Religious Affairs on a petition which has complained of non implementation of the Full Bench decision of this court regarding the award of Haj quota to the private haj organizers. The petition has been filed by one A.K. International and another contending that through the June 6 decision, the LHC had directed the Ministry to award the quota to the PHOs which meet the set criterion which includes the conditions that company (PHO) is registered with the Security and Exchange Commission Pakistan, holds five years experience of tourism and ziarat, paid up capital Rs 20million, the company is not blacklisted and has three years audit report and has deposited five lakh rupees in Pilgrims Welfare Fund and is facing no litigation. They contend that they meet the criteria but the respondents are not considering them for the award of quota to the violation of the said dated decision. While calling for a report from the Ministry the court has also required the Deputy Attorney General to get the earlier passed decision implemented. Time request: After Punjab Government requested for further time to file a reply, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court Thursday adjourned to June 23 further hearing of the petition which has been filed to question the appointment of eight directors of the Punjab Education Board allegedly in violation of the set rules and merit. The petition has been filed by Azhar Siddique primarily to challenge the March 18 notification whereof as many as 15 members of the Board were appointed. The petitioner contends that under the rule eight members have be non-officials but here six of them have been picked up from among the official cadre to the infringement of merit set in terms of Article 38(5) of the Constitution. He contends that the objective of putting the persons of choice (non-officials) in the board, is to mould and turn functioning of the Board to satisfy their personal chums and favourites on the education side to a great loss of the education system in the province.