LAHORE – Different Sessions Courts in the City on Friday issued arrest warrants for as many as 500 police officers for non-provision of witnesses and charge-sheets (challans) of the accused persons.

The action has come after Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary took a strict notice on Feb 23 of police adopting delaying tactics vis-à-vis submitting of challans under the guise of a legal procedure.

Following the Apex Court’s orders, the judges of the lower courts while reviewing the pending cases took this stern action against the police officers, who despite courts’ orders, have not produced the witnesses neither submitted the challans of the accused persons.

The courts issued arrest warrants of 5,00 police and ordered CCPO Ahmad Raza Tahir and DIG Investigations Mehmood Dogar to take action against the negligent officers.

PIC deaths report: The Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court on Friday sought report on a petition seeking directions to the Punjab Government for allegedly failing to save its subjects from dengue. Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed directed the government to submit, with one week, the report on the measures taken to eradicate the causes of the disease.

The petitioner Muhammad & Ahmad, through its chairman advocate Muhammad Azhar Sidduqe, submitted that the Punjab Government failed to take all possible measures to ward off the threat of dengue. He submitted before the court that fake medicines provided by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology and the Kharak-eqsue incidents took place owing to the negligence of the Punjab Government.

He contended that where and what type of pesticides and sprays had been done in the city. The areas where the flood divested everything are the areas where such diseases had been occurring but the government did not take notice of this.

He prayed to direct the government to submit complete report about the work it had done in connection with dengue, a fierce epidemic, claimed the lives of many people.