LAHORE " Justice Maulvi Anwarul Haq of Lahore High Court on Friday suspended the proceedings and arrest warrants issued by an additional sessions judge for former chief minister Punjab and leader of the Opposition Pervaiz Elahi, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, former chief secretary Punjab Salman Siddique and others after they failed to turn up before the court in a Qazf  (levelling of rape accusation) case despite repeated calls. On the direction of LHC's CJ, Justice Anwar initiated suo moto proceedings, directing that the entire record of the case should be produced before his court on July 21. The judge also directed additional advocate general Tahir Munir Malik to assist the court on this issue. The warrants were issued by additional district and sessions judge Muhammad Bakhsh Masood Hashmi on July 16 last, in a criminal case filed by Mayo Hospital ex-surgeon Dr Maqsood Hussain, who also targeted former Punjab chief secretary Salmaan Siddique in the matter. Against the warrants order, Dr Mumtaz Hussain, King Edward Medical University, ex-vice chancellor, also filed a petition. Petitioner's counsel Aftab Bajwa submitted that there was not even the slightest allegation of commission of Qazf as defined in Offence of Qazf (Enforcement of Hadd) Ordinance-VIII of 1979 either in the complaint or in the statement of the complainant. He maintained the trial court had proceeded in gross violation of the procedure prescribed by law in the matter of a private complaint as also in violation of Qazf Ordinance itself. After hearing the counsel, the judge also issued notice to Dr Maqsood Hussain for July 21. Under Qazf law, if allegations of Zina (rape) are proved, the accused could be punished with whipping numbering up to 80 stripes or two years imprisonment. Background of the case is that the trial court judge who is proceedings with the matter on a private complaint filed by ex-surgeon Mayo Hospital Dr Maqsood Hussain who seeks registration of a Qazf case has issued the non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Pervaiz Elahi and others for their production before the court. The complainant said that a case was lodged against him and according to the prosecution, a medical relief camp was set up in Mayo Hospital for medical treatment of October 8, 2005 earthquake survivors. Dr Maqsood was serving in the camp, when medical superintendent Dr Fayyaz Ranjha and some other persons, at a press conference accused him (Dr Maqsood) of raping an earthquake victim, namely Ajeeba. Dr Maqsood said that these persons damaged his repute. Consequently, he was suspended from his job while Gowalmandi police registered a rape case against him and arrested him. However, the apex court, after recording statement of the victim, Ajeeba, ordered his acquittal. He said Pervaiz Elahi and others respondents had levelled false allegations against him causing grave damage to his repute and career. He pleaded for initiating criminal proceedings against all the accused and demanded Rs 4800 million as damages. The additional district and session judge while hearing the private complaint had issued notices to the respondents for their appearance but only few persons appeared while ex-MPA Miss Saba Sadiq filed an application, seeking exemption from personal appearance in the hearing. Those who did not appeal include Dr Farzana Raja, Salman Siddique, Haji Mohammad Nawaz Khokhar, Javed Malik, Mumtaz Hussain, SSP Amir Zulfiqar and Abeeja Jabeen. The judge issued arrest warrants for those who did not appear, directing Inspector General Punjab, Police and IG Islamabad to produce the accused, in handcuffs, before the court on July 25 for further proceedings. Now the matter has come up before the High Court after Chief Justice Syed Zahid Hussain took suo moto notice of the matter.