LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Thursday issued show cause notice to the federal interior secretary on a contempt of court petition and adjourned the proceedings till two weeks.

Haji Imam, the petitioner, had filed the petition through his counsel submitting that the federal interior ministry put his name on exit control list on the application moved by Anti-Narcotics Force.

He said the petitioner moved an application in the court, upon which the court directed the ministry to remove his name from ECL. The petitioner said that despite that order his name was not removed from the list. This act of the ministry concerned was violation of the court orders, he pointed out. He pleaded the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against federal interior secretary for committing contempt of court.

After hearing the initial arguments of the petitioner, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC issued show cause notice to him and sought his reply by the next hearing. The proceedings adjourned till two weeks.

In another move, the LHC directed District Coordination Officer, Lahore Development Authority and Director General of Lahore Walled City Authority (LWCA) to submit reply on a petition seeking contempt proceedings against the authorities for not taking action against illegal construction of multi-storey buildings inside the walled city. The petition was moved by a resident of Kashmiri Gate, Asif Ali Mirza.

N MNA’s plea dismissed

The Lahore High Court Thursday turned down a petition filed by PML-N MNA Malik Riaz seeking directions for a district returning officer Lahore (sessions judge) to provide complete record of NA-118 to Nadra for inspection process.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC heard the case. The judge dismissed the petition holding that the petition was not maintainable as it did not come under the jurisdiction of the court. The judge further observed that the matter comes under the jurisdiction of election tribunal.

Malik Riaz had filed the petition and contended through his counsel that the District Returning Officer did not send complete record of the constituency to Nadra for an inspection ordered by an election tribunal.

The petitioner said the inspection conducted by a commission could not be a valid one since the record presented before it was not complete. He prayed the court to order the DRO to send the remaining record of the constituency to the Nadra, so it could do complete inspection.

SC moved for trial transfer

A petition Thursday was moved to the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking transfer of trial of slain federal minister for minority affairs Shahbaz Bhatti from an Anti-Terrorism Court of Islamabad to Faisalabad court.

Advocate Rana Abdul Hameed filed the petition in Supreme Court Lahore Registry. He submitted that the complainant of the case, witnesses and counsel as well had life threats in Islamabad.  He stated that all the parties concerned belonged to Faisalabad district; therefore, the trial should also be transferred to the same district. 

Shahbaz Bhatti, former federal minister for minorities, was gunned down in 2009.