LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday rejected appeal of a man convicted in Naval War College suicide attack case.

Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan decided the appeal when a deputy prosecutor informed the court that witnesses had identified the appellant and explosive material was recovered from his custody.

Muhammad Nadeem, the convict, filed the appeal against his conviction of life imprisonment. He said that he was convicted on the basis of insufficient evidences presented by the prosecution. The appellant had submitted that the prosecution did not produce a single eyewitness against the appellant and nobody identified him as suspect. He appealed the court to set aside the sentence and acquit his client.

Meanwhile, the LHC took serious notice of the apathy of the officials of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority for not complying with its previous order regarding the submission of reply against ban media from the coverage of local bodies’ election imposed by the election commission.

The court directed the Pemra officials to submit reply without any default on the next hearing. The court also rejected the reply of the Punjab government for being unsatisfactory and directed Advocate General Punjab to appear on the next hearing.

Pakistan Broadcaster Association (PBA) and others filed the petitions terming the ban a curb on access to information.

In this case the court had already allowed electronic media to air unofficial/unconfirmed result of local government election after one-hour of polling. The court adjourned hearing until Dec 7.

PROTEST: Junior cadre employees of Punjab Prosecution Department held protest demonstration at GPO Chowk against absence of service structure for them.

Employees from grade one to 16 complained that they had been working in same grade for last nine years without any service structure. The protestors chanted slogans against government and announced to intensify their protest if demands were not fulfilled.