LAHORE - Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh of the Lahore High Court Friday issued stay order against termination of 94 daily-waged security guards of Services Hospital Lahore and sought reply from the Punjab health secretary.

The petitioners through their counsel submitted that they had been working on daily wages for the last seven years but the authorities did not regularize their services.  They told the judge the hospital administration started fresh appointments of security guards on political grounds and terminating them.

Petitioners said the action of the administration was in violation of their fundamental rights and the judgments of Supreme Court as well. They asked the court to set aside their termination. The proceedings were adjourned until October 20.

Arrest warrants for private news channel president,

anchorperson issued: Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court Friday issued bail-able arrest warrants for a private news channel president, its anchorperson, producer of program ‘Khara Sach’ and Asim Malik, owner of Future Concerns.

The judge directed the ministry of foreign affairs to submit detailed report on what it had done to take Asim Malik back in the country. The judge also directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to ensure that anchorperson Mubashar Lucman could not appear on TV channels, with directions to the federal government to put Lucman on Exit Control List (ECL), so he could not escape abroad. The court directed DIG Operations Haider Ashraf, present in the court, to ensure service of the warrants upon the respondents. As the proceedings commenced, the petitioners’ counsel told the judge that the accused was freely living and enjoying a luxurious life abroad but the government did nothing to take him back.

He said that the government be directed to get the accused arrested through Interpol as the accused of NICL were taken back into the country. As this, the judge directed the ministry concerned to produce its performance report on next hearing that how much efforts had been made to take the accused into custody.

In previous hearing, the judge issued show cause notice to Luqman to explain as why he and his program should not be banned permanently for patronising and protecting a proclaimed offender Asim Malik. Asim Malik allegedly looted millions of rupees from almost 190 peoples and FIA booked him under section 216 of Pakistan Penal Code. He has been declared proclaimed offender in 190 cases.  

More than 125 petitions had been filed in the LHC alleging that they had given money to chief executive Asim Mlaik and Zobia Rubab for going abroad but they were defrauded. They said Asim Malik neither sent them abroad nor returned their money. The judge had already ordered FIA to confiscate assets of Asim Malik and his dependents and also put his name on exit control list (ECL). They fled away the country despite putting their names in ECL. Now their red warrants had also been issued. The proceedings were adjourned until October 21.