LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday summoned Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Director General Mahmood Ahmad besides issuing him show-cause notice for defying court orders.

The court had expressed displeasure over the director general’s response towards court orders and remarked the bureaucracy was following the politicians and government in defiance of judicial decisions.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan summoned the director general on a contempt petition filed by Asif Waheed, an officer of Grade-19 of the PHA.

He submitted that the PHA director general had suspended him from the post of director coordination of justice after issuing notices to him within two hours. The petitioner alleged that he was suspended because he had spoken against the illegalities done by the director general and he had refused from obeying unlawful orders of the director general.

He said the court had declared null and void his suspension orders issued by the director general and restored him as director coordination. When he went to his office, the director general locked his office and also withdrew official vehicle in defiance of court orders, the petitioner said.

He requested the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the director general. Justice Khan heard initial arguments and directed the director general Mahmood Ahmad to appear in person on September 24.

U-TURN CASE: The LHC on Thursday directed the city traffic officer to deploy at least three officers of DSP ranks outside the main entrance of Lahore General Hospital and also ensure presence of traffic wardens for 20 hours a day.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh passed this order disposing of a writ petition against removal of a road U-turn in front of the hospital to facilitate construction of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).

The Acting CTO and officers of Traffic Engineering Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) appeared before the court and stated that the barricades placed at the U-turn had been removed and additional wardens had been deployed at the entry point of the hospital. The officers undertook that easy access to the hospital would be ensured for patients, visitors and ambulances.

Justice Sheikh remarked that the court would not tolerate any negligence in this regard and disposed of the petition.

Advocate Shahzad Nasir filed the petition and submitted that the Punjab government launched the BRTS project and authorities removed the U-turn in front of the hospital. He said the U-turn had been repositioned at a distance of four kilometers from the main entrance of the hospital.

The petitioner pleaded that the shifting of the U-turn had been causing serious problems to visitors/patients of the hospital and the ambulances in particular.

BIDS FOR EURO BUSES: The LHC on Thursday sought from the Punjab government a copy of proposed agreement with the Parco oil company for supply of Euro-II diesel for buses.

The court had stayed the Punjab government from opening bids for purchase of 1,200 Euro-II compliant diesel buses required for universities, colleges and public transport. Later, the court had allowed the government to purchase 100 Euro-II buses for Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS).

As the court resumed hearing on Thursday on a petition moved by the Gujranwala City Tours (pvt) Ltd, a law officer informed the court that the Punjab government had signed an agreement with the Parco oil company for supply fuel for Euro II compliant diesel buses.

He said the fuel for the buses would not cause pollution. He requested the court to vacate the stay order granted against opening of bids to import 1,100 buses.

A representative of the oil company also informed the court that it had facility of availability of Euro-II Compliant diesel at 32 pumps all over the province. According to the agreement the company would ensure the availability of the diesel at large scale, he added.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, however, adjourned hearing until October 2 and directed the government to submit a copy of the agreement.