LAHORE – The Green Benches have urged civil society and environmental experts to help overcome pollution in the country.

The Green Benches had been formed by the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on April 5 to hear only the cases related to environment. The benches were formed at the LHC and subordinate judiciary.

During a press briefing about the initiatives and steps taken by the Green Benches for the last two weeks, LHC Registrar Sohail Nasir said that Friday had been declared as a Green Day for the benches to hear the environmental cases. The green benches and courts will hear such cases on every Friday.

He said the LHC had also ordered for preparation of files having the green colour. These files had been specified to use to file only environmental cases, he added.  “We have called many experts for the assistance of the Green Benches who have taken up two identical cases. The benches are hearing the case of disposal of waste water into the River Ravi and erecting of towers and generators by a mobile company,” Mr Nasir briefed. He said the pollution had become a national problem and all sects of the society would have to cooperate with one another to fight this challenge. He pointed out that Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah would head Single Green Bench at the LHC principal seat and a division bench comprising of Justice Syed Mansoor Ahujaat Ali Khan had been constituted as Green Bench for environmental cases. He said senior most LHC judges available at the other benches of the LHC in Multan, Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi would hold the court as single green bench and two senior most available judges would hold court as Division Green bench. He mentioned that courts of 36 district and sessions’ judges and 109 senior civil judges and civil judges had been notified as green courts. The registrar said a training programme was being arranged for the 36 D&SJs and 109 civil judges intending to improve their capacity for environment cases.

Highlighting the working of green benches and courts, he said the courts would work to resolve the issue then giving judgments.