LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday dismissed a petition challenging coal power projects being built in different parts of Punjab as part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), holding that that the petition was not maintainable.

Advocate Syed Feroze Shah Gillani filed the petition, submitting that the world had abandoned coal power projects but the government in Pakistan was still building such projects. “These projects would leave bad impact on the health and environment; animal and humans would be sick of these coal projects,” the petitioner said.

He told the court that the coal projects were being built in residential areas or in green fields which would be very damaging for all of them. “The future generation would suffer due to these projects,” he added.

Gillani requested the court to set aside impugned projects for being dangerous for environment and health of the citizen.

In another case, Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan of the LHC maintained objection and dismissed petition seeking disqualification of Khwaja Ahmad Hassan, a leader of the PML-N who is likely to become Mayor of Lahore, for holding public offices in different departments.

The Registrar Office had objected to the petition that notification for the success of Khwaja Ahmad Hassan was not annexed with the main petition. PTI leader Zubair Khan Niazi had challenged his opponent and his success for chairmanship of UC-107. Khwaja Ahmad Hassan won the seat of chairmanship of UC-107 unopposed after last local bodies election.

PILOT CASE: The LHC gave time to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to submit reply in bail application of Asmat Mehmood, a pilot who allegedly crash-landed an airline under the influence of liquor.

The Sarwar Road police had registered an FIR against the pilot for crash-landing. The court will resume hearing after one week.