LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday directed Punjab Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to constitute a committee in collaboration with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) to act upon the Pollution Charge Rules 2001.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the said order on a petition filed one Muhammad Naeem.

The petitioner contended the EPA and other authorities had failed to perform their statutory obligations towards implementation of “Pollution Charge Rules 2001” to control the pollution in the city. “The historical city of Lahore was becoming one of the most polluted cities of the world due to non implementation of the rules,” he added.

He said after Climate Change conference in Paris, France agreement was signed to control pollution and environmental degradation internationally. The agreement has necessitated the government to implement the pollution charge rules when it was also a requirement of the United Nations climate change convention which Pakistan had signed in 1992.

The court has directed the agency to implement the pollution charge rules and form a committee to look into the causes that the needful was not done and submit a report on next hearing.

The judge further directed the government to take action against the factory owners and those businessmen, who were violating the pollution charge rules and not paying penalty for adversely affecting life of the citizens. The judge adjourned hearing till March 25.

Verdict reserved: The Lahore High Court Election Tribunal yesterday reserved decision on the maintainability of petition moved earlier by PTI’s Abdul Aleem Khan to alleging irregularities and rigging in by-election of NA-122, Lahore held on October 11.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of the PML-N had defeated the petitioner with about 2400 voter in the by-election.

Through his counsel Anees Hashmi advocate, the petitioner accuses the Election Commission of manipulation in the voters’ lists of the Constituency by transferring the PTI voters and brining the PML-N voters, total around 30,000, before the polls. It said the ECP had record of shifting of only 7000 votes from the constituency. The act of the ECP amounts to pre-poll rigging, he alleged urging the Tribunal to set aside result of the election on the grounds on these grounds.

The counsel for the respondent Ayaz Sadiq, argued that electoral lists could not be challenged after the election as such the petition was not maintainable.

Bail plea rejected: A sessions judge yesterday rejected bail plea of four accused of gang-rape of a teenaged student.

The accsed/suspects Imran, Haris, Abdul Majid and Bilawal were arrested by Racecourse police along with others. They pleaded innocence contending they had not role in the alleged incident of gang-rape.

However, additional district and sessions judge Najaf Shahzadi dismissed the bail petitions observing direct involvement of the petitioners in the alleged offence has been shown in the FIR. The suspects allegedly abducted the 15-year-old girl from Multan Road and took her to a guest house at Mall Road where they subjected her to gang-rape. They left the girl unconscious in a room of the hotel and informed her family through a text message on cellular phone.

Meanwhile, an anti terrorism court has acquitted three accused of Kasur child abuse scandal on the ground evidence was insufficient against them.

The suspects Ashfaq, Ibrahim and Arshad were accused of raping a girl and filming the incident.