LAHORE - A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench once again on Friday issued notices to federal and Punjab government on petitions challenging VIP culture in the country.

Jamatud Dawa ameer Hafiz Saeed had filed the petition, saying that the VIP culture was damaging the country and had made a clear demarcation in the society. VIP culture had also been badly affecting the confidence of middle and lower middle classes, leaving them in worst kind of complex, the petitioner’s counsel said.

He further pointed out that such culture is also again the spirit of Islam.

The petitioner pleaded the court to direct the governments of Pakistan to wipe out VIP culture from the country.

After hearing the arguments, a full bench headed by Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan issued notices again to federal and provincial government with directions to them to submit reply within a week.

Meanwhile, the LHC issued notices to Punjab government on a petition seeking development and expansion in Regional Transport Authorities across the province.

Azeem Ali, a local resident, had filed the petition saying that 26 regional transport authorities were working across the province. He pointed out that the government, instead of expanding them, was going to divide them in nine different divisions, which clearly was illegal.

“Whenever any traveller or transporter faces any problem, he directly contacts the district level transport authority. But when the authorities were divided into divisions, it would be difficult to contact them for all travellers and transporters,” he further stated. The petitioners requested the court to direct the government to expand transport authorities instead of dividing them in divisions, so that problems of the travellers and transporters would be resolved. After hearing the initial arguments, Justice Masood Abid Naqbi issued notices to Punjab government and sought reply by December 15.

plea against PTI workers’ arrest rejected : The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday asked the petitioner’s counsel to argue on the maintainability of the petition challenging arrest of PTI workers.

Advocate Gohar Nawaz Sinhdu had moved a petition, saying that PTI workers were being arrested ahead of PTI’s dharna in Islamabad on November 30. He argued that every citizen had liberty to move under the Constitution and take part in any political party, requesting the judge to stop police from taking PTI workers into custody. After hearing initial arguments, Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa directed the petitioner’s counsel to argue on the maintainability of the petition on next hearing, besides asking to the federal and provincial Law officers to seek instructions from the authorities concerned. The court will resume hearing on November 24.