LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Thursday ordered Punjab Inspector General of Police to arrest Chiniot District Police Office (DPO) Shahzad Akbar and two other officers for not appearing before the court and producing a raped girl.

Justice Shahid Saeed ordered IGP to produce accused police officers by Aug 27 and issued their non-bailable arrest warrants.

The curt also ordered DIG concerned to ensure the production of girl in the court on next date of hearing.

Hafiz Muhammad Aslam had sought the recovery of his daughter,16, while contended through his counsel that some influential persons of the area raped with his daughter and the Sadar Police Station had registered an FIR.

Some days after the incident, Sadar SHO Muhammad Younis, ASI Mazhar Iqbal along with Mehdi Hassan and Shuakat came to his house and took his daughter with them to conduct her DNA at Lahore, the petitioner pointed out. Since then her daughter had not retuned home. He contacted police times and again but they gave no satisfactory answer about her whereabouts, father of the victim girl said.

Previously, the court had allowed another chance to DPO after his assurance for recovery of detainee girl. However, neither DPO turned up on Thursday nor girl was produced before the court. The court took serious notice of violation of court orders by police officials concerned and issued arrest warrants against DPO, SHO and ASI for Aug 27 besides directing DIG to produce the girl.

Also, the Lahore High Court on Thursday disposed of a petition of three private tour operators and directed ministry of religious affairs to allocate Haj quota on merit.  

Imran and other tour operators filed the petition through their counsel and submitted that they duly paid their income tax but the ministry declared them ineligible for Haj quota. They pointed out that ministry was also denying from issuing clearance certificates to them.

They approached the ministry time and again but their grievance was not addressed so far, the tour operators contended and requested the court for orders to the ministry to award them Haj quota.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial recorded initial arguments and directed the ministry to allocate Haj quota among the petitioners if they were not income tax defaulter.

Man arrested from LHC premises: Security officials of the Lahore High Court arrested on Thursday a man for taking pictures of portraits of retired judges displayed in the courtroom of the chief justice.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Afzal Nazir said the security officials stopped Muhammad Saleem from taking pictures but he did not follow the warning and continued his photography with his camera. Subsequently, the officials arrested him and handed him over to the Old Anarkali Police.

Nazir said concerned police was interrogating Saleem of Azad Kashmir. If there would be any solid evidence or information, a case would be registered against him.