AHORE  - The Lahore High Court on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over performance of banking courts across Punjab, and instructed presiding officers to decide all the cases instituted in or before 2010, within the next three months.

The orders came during a review meeting on cases pending with banking courts, with Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik in the chair.

It may be noted here that Justice Malik is the administrative head for banking and anti-terrorism courts in the province.

Besides presiding officers of all banking courts, the meeting was attended by inspection team member Habibullah Amir, additional MITs Muhammad Yousaf Aujla, Bushra Zaman and Ministry of Law joint secretary Sohail Qadeer Siddiqui.

During the meeting, Justice Malik directed the joint secretary to resolve issues being faced by banking court judges. He asked the MITs to monitor the same by keeping a close liaison with the federal government and the courts.

Justice Malik also reviewed the performance of anti-terrorism courts, and expressed satisfaction over their working. He however directed the judges to further expedite the disposal of cases. He also called on all other stakeholders, including police, to put in efforts to complete investigation of cases and arrest proclaimed offenders so that cases could be disposed off in a timely manner.

LHC Registrar Sardar Ahmad Naeem, ATC judges, additional home secretary, officiating prosecutor general Punjab, additional inspector general (investigation) Punjab, Lahore Police chief and all regional police officers participated the meeting.

CJP PROMISES TO ENDBAR-BENCH GULF

Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Saturday held out assurances to the legal fraternity of bridging the gap between the bar and the bench.

The chief justice, while speaking to a delegation of bar associations of Supreme Court and Lahore High Court at Supreme Court’s Lahore registry here, stated the judiciary would continue to dispense justice in accordance with the Constitution.

Justice Jillani accepted a formal invitation of the Lahore High Court Bar Association to its annual dinner next month.

The bar leaders asked the chief justice that the legal fraternity wanted to see an apex court that did not indulge in politics but did justice. The delegation was led by SCBA Secretary Asif Mahmood Cheema and LHCBA chief Abid Saqi. Also, the chief justice reviewed administrative affairs of the apex court’s Lahore registry.