LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Thursday directed to seal the office of the District Officer (DO) Labour established in residential area of Shadman.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan issued the order on a petition of Abida Ameen challenging the presence of government office in residential colony.

She told the court that DO Labour office had been set up in Shadman Colony resultantly the residents had to face difficulties in movement and routine activities. Abida pleaded the office of DO Labour had been setup in her neighbor also causing disturbance for her family. The legal advisor of the LDA also told the court that NOC (no objection certificate) had not been obtained for establishing the government offices in the Shadman Colony.

After recording the arguments, the judge ordered the district authorities to seal the DO Labour’s office.

Meanwhile, a division bench of the LHC adjourned the hearing of a petition of former PPP MPA Aslam Madhyana seeking elimination of section 7ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act) from the case registered against him.

A division bench headed by Justice Sheikh Najamul Hassan asked the counsels of Nafees Khan, who was allegedly tortured by PPP leader and his accomplices, and Aslam Madhyana to come up for final arguments on next date of hearing.

On Thursday, Madhyana counsel advanced his arguments that media created the hype following which the police registered a case under terrorism sections against PPP leader.

The counsel contended that Nafees Khan was not a schoolteacher and according to the medical report he did not injured by firing on the day of incident. Quoting a witness Imran, the counsel said that Aslam Madhyana was not present at the crime scene and the incident of firing did also not occurred at that time.

The record of Sargodha Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) regarding the torture of Nafees Khan also submitted before the LHC division bench.

Justice Najamul Hassan observed that the court would examine if a group of armed men involved in torturing Nafees Khan.  The counsel of Nafees Khan sought time for preparation of the case. The court put off hearing till April 26 and extended the stay order restraining the ATC from announcing final decision till the disposal of LHC’s petition.