Rain turns weather pleasant

Parts of the country including Lahore received rainfall of varying intensities on Wednesday, giving much needed relief to the people from the prevailing muggy weather by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level. Rain-thundershower with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.  In Lahore, strong winds started blowing in the afternoon that followed by rains, making weather pleasant after a hot and humid day. The voting turnout was low till at noon due to oppressive weather. Winds and rains made weather pleasant in the afternoon that caused people to come out in huge numbers to exercise their right to vote.  Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 37 degree Celsius and 27C respectively.  According to the experts, seasonal low lies over Northwest Balochistan. Weak monsoon currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating upper and central parts of the country and likely to strengthen in coming days.  Meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of scattered rains for Lahore during the next 24 hours.  Rain-thundershowers with gusty winds are expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir and at isolated places in Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, D.G khan, Malakand, Kohat, D.I khan, Zhob, Kalat divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan. Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country. –Staff Reporter

CJP receives  human rights complaints

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar heard a number of complaints and passed directions to the respondents on Wednesday. The top judge remained at the Supreme Court Lahore registry on the election day.  Around 25 women appeared before the Supreme Court in different matters.  According to the court staff, over 150 applications were filed in the Supreme Court seeking justice in different types of papers.  However, the majority of the cases were fixed for hearing on other days.  A Christian, Alishba Bibi, and Sardar Ghulab Singh were also among the hundreds of litigants at the Supreme Court .  “My case has been pending for last 22 years but I couldn’t get justice. It is a matter of five-marla land,” said Alisha while standing outside the Supreme Court Lahore registry. She said she came from Samnabad area and was hopeful that she would get justice.  Answering to a query about her vote, Alisha said she had yet to cast vote.  Ghulab Singh Shaheen, a member of Sikh community, the resident of Dera Chahil of Cantonment area, said police subjected him to torture and violence. He said he was the only Sikh resident in the Muslim neighborhood but now he and his family members had been barred from entering their own home. He said he was serving as warden with the police but the SHO of the concerned police station disgraced him. –Staff Reporter

Senior SC lawyer passes away

Senior Advocate Supreme Court Khawaja Muhammad Afzal, elder brother of senior Advocate Supreme Court Khawaja Sultan Ahmad (late), uncle of Khawaja Haris Ahmad, senior Advocate Supreme Court and lead counsel for former Prime Minster of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and father of Khawaja Adnan Afzal, breathed his last on Wednesday (25-7-2018) at 3:00 pm here. His funeral ceremony will be offered on Thursday (26-7-2018) at 5:00 pm at 164-1 Shadman Lahore.