LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing till August 30 on the bail plea of Malik Ishaaq, leader of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (formerly known as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi).

Appearing before the court, a provincial law officer sought time to prepare the case. The court allowed him time, putting off the hearing till August 30.

Malik Ishaaq had moved the bail application in two cases filed against him in Bhakkar for making provocative speeches at public gatherings and allegedly spreading hatred and unrest. Ishaaq has been in jail for the last three months.

In his bail plea, Ishaaq said he was innocent and being victimised him for his religious beliefs. He requested the court to grant him bail and direct police to release him.

DRO reviews arrangements

for by-polls

District Returning Officer Syed Hamid Hussain Shah on Tuesday reviewed arrangements for the by-polls being held on August 22 (tomorrow).

Heads of different departments, who took part in the meeting held at the chamber of District and Sessions Judge Lahore, shared their views in connection with the by-poll arrangements. They assured the DRO of their full support for holding fair and free elections. It was decided that the DCO would provide transportation, while City Chief Traffic Officer would ensure the smooth running of traffic on the elections day. DIG Operations Rai Tahir was of the view that complete security would be provided so that the people could cast their vote without any fear.  The by-polls will be held on one National Assembly seat and three provincial assembly seats in Lahore. About 31 candidates for NA-129, 30 for PP-142, 26 for PP-150 and 36 for PP 161 have been in the run.