LAHORE–The Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued pre-admission notice to Senator Babar Awan and Election Commission on a writ petition challenging acceptance of his nomination papers for senate election.

The court also appointed senior lawyers Suleman Raja and Ali Zafar as amicus curiae to assist the court on next hearing, February 28.

Advocate Shahid Jami pleaded that Awan had accumulated assets which mismatched with the amount of income tax paid by him. Awan’s assets had increased from Rs.46370000 in 2006 to Rs.328703323 in 2011.

The petitioner submitted that Awan was not paying of agriculture income tax despite holding agriculture land worth of Rs.21500000 and agriculture equipment of Rs.1000000.

He further argued that Awan had ridiculed higher judiciary for which of Supreme Court had already suspended his license. He said Awan is registered as voter in Rawalpindi whereas he resides at Islamabad and has no property in Rawalpindi.

The petitioner requested to set aside the order of election commission about acceptance of nomination papers of Awan.

Reply sought from DCO: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday has sought reply from Sahiwal DCO and Revenue Officer for not complying with the court orders and adjourned the hearing till the next date fixed as March 20.

Justice Khalid Mehmood Khanplaced this order hearing an application filed by Kashif Zia seeking cancellation of orders taken by DCO and land record keeper (patwari) about the piece of land in Sahiwal district. The petitioner submitted that despite the court orders concerned District Revenue Officer cancelled the land’s ownership transferred in his name. He further said when he approached the concerned officers and discussed his matter with them they refused to entertain and said to him that this land was government owned, so ownership could not transfer in his name.He said the court had ordered them to a lot that land to him but they  did not comply with the court orders.

He prayed before the court to set aside the actions taken by the said officers and the possession of the land may kindly be transferred in his name.

Upon which the court sought reply from Sahiwal DCO and the revenue officer on March 20.

PR order set aside: The Lahore High Court LHC) on Tuesday set aside the orders of Pakistan Railways Sub-divisional superintendent through which he gave the railway land to politically favored people and ordered him to give the land to eligible person.

Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) placed this order while hearing the application filed by Ghulam Fareed through his counsel Azmeer javaid advocate. The petitioner submitted that six acre land was given to those people who were politically favored while in fact he had got this land from railways department on lease in 2005.

The petitioner said this was sub-divisional superintendent who favored those people backed politically. He said this was clear injustice with him. He prayed that said land given to the favorite ones be given to him.

Upon which the court ordered the sub-divisional superintendent to give the land to him and disposed of the case.

hearing adjourned:  Additional District & Sessions Judge Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmad on Tuesday has adjourned till February 22 (today), the factory owners’ case with directions to the counsels of both parties to come up with the complete arguments on the due date.

This is second time when the petitioners’ counsel Khuram Latif Khan Khosa did not appear before the court. The judge was informed that there had been the annual anniversary of Khuram Latif Khosa’s wife, the counsel of the petitioners, so that was the reason he could not appear before the court.

The subordinate of the Khosa appeared before the court and sought more time while the accused including Zafar Iqbal, Zaheer Iqbal and Zubair were also appeared before the court. they had been on interim-bail.

However the court entertaining the plea submitted by the petitioners’ counsel adjourned the hearing till Wednesday (today) and directed the both counsels to come up with complete arguments.

Earlier the judge has remarked that he did not know why the petitioners’ counsel had been using delaying tactics in this case.

The judge further remarked ‘if he has to take another date then what is the benefit of coming here’. The judge observed although there was no pressure upon him but the case was of high profile.

The petitioners Zafar Iqbal, Zaheer Iqbal and Zubair filed application through the counsel of advocate Khuram Latif Khan Khosa. The judge directed them to appear before the court on each and every date of hearing and adjourned the case till February 15. Station House Officer of Sabza Police Station registered case against the factory owners including Zafar Iqbal, Zaheer and Zubair under section 302/149, 324/ 427, 290/ 291 of PPC. The accused many times were stopped to establish their factory in residential area but they did not care about it.