LAHORE - The Lahore High Court issued contempt notices to Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Federal Higher Education Commission, Secretary Cabinet division and other officials for announcing scholarships tests despite restraining order.

Abdullah Malik, President Civil Society Network Pakistan, filed the petition through his counsel Advocate Azhar Siddique and submitted that the LHC barred the HEC from announcing results of scholarship tests by May 2, 2016. But the HEC not only announced result but also advertised date for new test in various newspapers, the counsel told the court.

By doing this, the commission committed contempt of court, the petitioner maintained.

The counsel submitted that after abolition of current legislative list under 18th constitutional amendment, higher education had become provincial subject and in violation of constitution. The HEC had planned to conduct the exams of entrance tests of all public and private sector universities belonging to all provinces and federal territory, the lawyer said, adding that the HEC has no jurisdictional scope to take back the powers of the universities to conduct any sort of exams as all the universities were autonomous and it is matter of provincial subject.

After hearing arguments of the petitioner, Justice Ayesha A Malik issued contempt notice to HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad and adjourned further hearing for two weeks.