LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday summoned NAB prosecutor general in a petition seeking directives for bureau to hold inquiry into Panama leaks.

A division bench, headed by Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf, passed the order on a petition filed by a local journalist. The bench issued notice to ECP and FBR and deferred hearing until Oct 5.

During the hearing, Advocate Azhar Siddique appeared in the court as petitioner’s counsel and argued that the matter of the Panama papers was very sensitive and needed to be investigated without any delay as allegations of establishing offshore companies by the rulers brought a bad name to the country.

Also, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued notice to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in a petition challenging registration of the party.

The CJ sent the petition to the larger bench headed by Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi –the bench before which the main petition against MQM chief was lying pending over his alleged anti-state speeches.

During the hearing, Advocate Ahmad Awais, the counsel of petitioner Aftab Virk, argued that the federal government was requested to cancel the registration of MQM as political party but no action was taken on it. He said MQM Chief’s anti-state speeches were attack on the integrity of the state.

He said the Prime Minister and the cabinet took oath to protect and defend the honor and respect of the country but in the case of MQM Chief, they did not take any notice. They filed application with solid evidences against the party chief but in vain. At this, the Chief Justice asked the law officer of the federal government as to why the action was not taken on the application of the petitioner.

The standing counsel said that any citizen can submit any application to the federal government, however, it was the discretion of the federal government whether to decide it or not. After hearing both sides, the CJ issued notice to the MQM and referred the matter to the full bench. The court adjourned hearing until Oct 5.