LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has asked the attorney general of Pakistan and the advocate general Punjab to assist the court in a petition challenging appointment of any government servant as returning officers (ROs) and assistant returning officers (DROs) in upcoming local bodies’ election.

PTI Punjab president Ijaz Chaudhary had moved the petition, submitting that after the LHC judgment of declaring non-party based elections as illegal, the Punjab governor on the behest of chief minister quietly amended section 22 of the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 through the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Ordinance, whereby the election commission of Pakistan was empowered to appoint ROs and DROs.

The petitioner said that the ordinance had prevented the use of government officers of other provinces and the federation including members of the judiciary to perform election duties if and when their services were required by the election commission for holding free, fair and transparent elections.

The ordinance is clearly against the provisions of Article 218(3) of the constitution, as matters of the election commission of Pakistan to conduct, organize and take such steps are necessary to ensure that elections are held fairly.

Lakhvi case hearing today: The Lahore High Court will resume today the hearing of writ petition filed by the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, against his detention orders by the home department.

Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa will hear the case today (Friday).

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi filed the petition submitting that the government had issued the impugned detention order, owing to pressure asserted by India. He prayed the court to set aside the detention order and direct the government to release him.

Islamabad High Court had set aside his third-time detention and ordered the authorities to release him immediately. However, before Lakhvi’s release, the home department on March 14 issued a fresh detention order against him,

Previously, he was also granted bail in the case.

Lakhvi belongs to Jamatud Dawa and is the alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks in 2008 in which 166 people lost their lives.