LAHORE - Three important cases were taken up by the courts last week – Model Town massacre, Orange Line and Power Coal projects, and permanent appointment of LDA DG.

The court has been hearing the case of Model Town incident for the past two years; the Orange line for 7 months and LDA DG posting for a year.

Interestingly, all these three cases have taken new dimensions, showing government’s ‘attitude’ towards the implementation on courts’ orders and tactics as get the decisions in its favour.

There are already two FIRs in the same incident of Model Town – one by Minhajul Quran against police and the other by police against Minhaj men.

An ATC indicted 41 Minhaj men in violence at Model Town that forced the Pakistan Awami Tehreek to file private complaint making a request that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, federal ministers and IGP should be tried as they were responsible for killing of 14 people.

It has taken plea that all inquires in the incident have given a clean chit to the real culprits while the aggrieved are hopeless about getting justice. The filing of a private complaint in such a situation is a new turn which may have serious impact. The case has been fixed for today. The inquiry report of Model Town incident by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, may be made public at later stage.

In Orange Line case, an LHC bench stayed construction on 11 points after the petitioners pointed out that the project would destroy the national heritage.

The Punjab government initially claimed that this project was not of the federal government but later told the court that it was the part of the CPEC.

Advocate Khwaja Haris represented the Punjab government in the case. However, Mr Haris withdrew his power of attorney later but on the same day, the federal government filed an application stating that it was the part of CPEC while stay order was causing loss of billions of rupees to the government.

The Attorney General of Pakistan completed his arguments on the stay application filed by the federal government. Now newly-appointed Advocate General Punjab Shakil-ur-Rehman is due to argue the case today but a full bench has been set up.

In Orange Line case, LDA is also a main stakeholder. Unfortunately, it has no permanent head. Ahad Cheema, for last many years, has been heading it on an additional charge. But now the court has ordered the Punjab government to appoint a permanent head.

It has not happened so easily. Mr Ahad Cheema was summoned by the court but many a time and as served contempt notice as he did not showed up.

At last, the court ordered the Punjab government to appoint permanent DG when it was informed that Mr Cheema was holding office as an additional charge while originally he is Chief Executive Officer of Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park. Now, Cheema is due in the court to explain his position on March 29.

Another case was about Muttahida Qaumi Movement for its alleged links with RAW. The court dismissed the petition holding that it was not maintainable. The court observed that it was the prerogative of the government to constitute the commission or otherwise.

During the week, the LHC also issued notice again to the local government secretary on a petition challenging the appointment of 12 members of the Punjab Assembly as directors of five public sector companies.

Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed had filed the petition through his counsel Sheraz Zaka.

The court heard that there were several MPAs who were working as directors with different public sector companies owned by the Punjab government including Punjab Saaf Pani Company, Lahore Transport Company, Lahore Parking Company, Punjab Agricultural and Meat Company, Lahore Waste Management Company etc.

Sheraz Zaka argued that the MPAs as directors were getting perks and privileges from the companies. He alleged that the companies were being run by taxpayers’ money.

He stated MPA Ramazan Siddique Bhatti was functioning as one of the directors of Lahore Transport Company; MPAs Nasreen Nawaz, Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, and Kiran Dar were working as directors of Lahore Parking Company; MPAs Kashif Padhiar, Amanullah Khan, Qazi Adnan Fareed, Rana Baber Hussain, Ch Lal Hussain, Mahmood Qadir Khan, Qamarul Islam, and Waheed Gull were working as directors of Punjab Saaf Pani Company; MPA Majid Zahoor is functioning as one of the directors of Lahore Waste Management Company; while MPA Hussain Jahania Gardezi was functioning as one of the directors of Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company.

He submitted that the five companies were incorporated under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984 and were owned by the Punjab government.

The petitioner said that these 12 were already members of Punjab Assembly and at the same time simultaneously functioning as directors of the companies controlled by the Punjab government and as such their functioning as board of directors was illegal and void.

Rasheed pleaded that these MPAs had failed to perform their duties in these companies. Now the case has been fixed for March 25.