LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday issued contempt notice to Punjab government in a petition regarding payment to the pensioners.

A number of pensioners from various departments of Punjab had filed hundreds of petitions seeking payment of their pension.

Their counsel Afzal Shaheen Pirzada argued that the Supreme Court and LHC had also ordered the department to pay the retired employees their cumulative pension. “But the finance department was delaying the payment for no specific reason, which amounts to court’s contempt,” he added.

The counsel requested the court to order proceedings against the officials for not complying with court’s order. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of LHC passed the order and adjourned further hearing until March 18.

Meanwhile, the LHC ordered a law officer of the federal government to take instructions from the authorities concerned and submit reply by March 2 on a petition filed by a follower of Fiqha-i-Jafria seeking special hajj quota and facilities for Shia Muslims.

In another case challenging fee structure of private schools, the LHC directed All Pakistan Private Schools Federation to come up with more arguments on fee structure and put off further hearing for three days.

medicine prices case: The Lahore High Court yesterday directed the federal and Punjab government to submit replies in a petition challenging 20 per cent increase in medicines prices.

Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhary had filed the petition and pointed out that the medicine manufacturing companies had increased price of their medicines. He said the raise in medicine prices had caused serious problems for the patients.

He requested to declare this 20 per cent increase as illegal. He prayed to the court to take action under the law against the companies which increased prices of drugs more than approved prices.

After hearing initial arguments of the petitioner, Justice Shujaat Ali Khan sought replies from the federal and Punjab government within 15 days.