­LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday directed the Punjab government to submit reply as how the law on marriage ceremonies in private residences could be implemented.

Justice Syed Masnoor Ali Shah of the LHC passed the order and put off further hearing for a week.

Justice Shah remarked that it was strange that how the restriction would be imposed on marriage ceremonies to be held in private residencies. The judge directed the law officers to come up with the arguments.

A lawyer petitioner Ali Gillani had filed the petition submitting that the government recently passed a law to keep check on marriage ceremonies to be held in private ceremonies. He said it was against fundamental rights of the citizens.

He argued that how such restriction could be imposed at ceremonies in private residences when the citizens were paying their bills. The newly passed law was repugnant to the Constitution, he said. He prayed to the court to set aside the law for being contrary to the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the LHC overruled the office objection and ordered to fix before any bench a petition of Ali Musa Gillani, son of ex-PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List.

Earlier, the registrar office had objected to the petition holding that the petitioner should approach the Rawalpindi bench as the case was pending in Islamabad.

In his petition, Ali Musa Gillani had submitted that the ministry of interior on May 15, 2013, put his name on ECL over the mere allegations against him in Ephedrine case. He stated he was innocent. He requested the court to issue directions to the ministry of interior to immediately remove his name from the ECL.

In another case, the LHC disposed of a petition challenging exhibition of Indian movies in Pakistan and directed the petitioner to approach the ministry of commerce.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order on petition filed by local films producers and distributors association. The petitioner had alleged that smuggled movies were being exhibited in Lahore.

He further alleged that Indian movies’ exhibition was destroying local film industry. He said under clause 5 of import policy, the Indian movies cannot be imported. He prayed to the court to restrain Pakistan Film Censor Board from issuing NOCs to Indian movies and impose ban on their exhibition in local cinemas.