LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday directed Punjab government to submit reply on a petition contending non-implementation of presidential remission for prisoners in the jails of Punjab. Justice Umar Ata Bandial adjourned the hearing till April 27, asking Punjab government and Home Secretary to give a detailed report as to why the prisoners had not been released as per the remission granted by the president of Pakistan. The petition has been filed by Mohammad Azhar Siddique advocate submitting that more than 700 prisoners benefited from the presidential remission in their sentence but provincial government did not releases them. The petitioner pleaded that any deviation, disregard, violation of the presidents orders came under sedition and the Punjab govt was committing the same act by defying the president order. The petitioner requested the court to issue directions for initiating sedition proceedings under Section 124-A PPC against Punjab govt and all Superintendents of Jails of Punjab for disobeying the presidential orders willfully. The petitioner prayed that directions may be issued to respondents for immediate release of all prisoners illegally detained in all jails, who had benefited from presidential notification of April 9, 2010. The petitioner said the Punjab govt was not implementing presidents orders due to political rivalry with the PPP govt and President Zardari. The petitioner submitted President in exercise of powers under Article 45 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 granted special remission in sentence of convicted prisoners on the occasion of passing of historically 18th amendment. The same was conveyed to all the secretaries, home department of all provinces including the govt of Punjab on April 9, 2010 however, it was not implemented in Punjab. He said under article 45 of the constitution president had power to grant pardon, reprieve and respite, and to remits, suspend or commute any sentence passed by any court, tribunal or other authority. '18th Amend a big conspiracy against judiciary President Asif Ali Zardari and his allies in the government are not sincere to the country as they brought 18th amendment just to put checks on the independent judiciary. These views were expressed by the Secretary Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Raja Zulqarnain during a press conference on Thursday. He asserted that the entire legal community considered 18th amendment as if it was an attack on sitting judiciarys newly attained independence. He said the government earlier launched an offensive against judiciary but it failed due to lawyers movement, and now the government used the amendment to suppress judiciary. He termed the 18th amendment as a big conspiracy against judiciary and announced that lawyers community would frustrate the designs of the government. He said the SCBA had moved a petition before Supreme Court against 18th amendment and it would contest by constitutional experts of the country so that it could get repealed on one day. He said lawyers may come on roads for this national issue as entire community had reservations on it. Raja said the bomb blast were being conducted with foreign help as billions of rupees were required for such activities which he said was being done on the behest of world powers.