LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday overruled objection of registrar office on contempt petition against Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for allegedly criticising courts' proceedings on petitions against Orange Line project.

A division bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh took up the petition. The bench held that the contempt petition was maintainable and directed the registrar office to fix the petition on judicial side.

Kamal Khan Mumtaz and others had filed contempt petition against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for allegedly criticizing a sub-judice matter. The petitioners stated that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif tried to influence court proceedings on Orange Line Metro Train project. He stated the court had barred the government from carrying out the project but the CM openly said “he would not anyone hamper this public welfare project”. The petitioner requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against Punjab CM for his speech in favor of this project which had been stopped by the court.

Few days ago, Shehbaz Sharif while addressing a seminar on Orange Line Metro Train Project held at Aiwan-i-Iqbal had said that only a handful of elements were criticising this splendid project of improvement in living standard of poor people and provision of facilities to the masses. However, he said, the interest of people would be safeguarded at any cost.

Shehbaz Sharif had further said that he could sacrifice his life but not allow anyone to hamper this public welfare project. He would fight the persons opposing this project on every front, adding that it is war between progress and backwardness, prosperity and poverty, truth and falsehood, justice against injustice and he would stand by the poor masses like a rock.