LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday issued notice to King Edward Medical University on a petition challenging appointment of Prof Dr Saeed Qazi as pro-chancellor.

A lawyer-petitioner Advocate Chaudhary Shoaib Saleem filed the petition and pointed out that vice-chancellor had appointed his blue-eyed professor Dr Saeed Qazi as pro-vice chancellor.

He said according to the merit list, Dr Qazi falls at the 13th position to hold the said office.

However, the VC violated the rules and merit while appointing Dr. Qazi as Pro-Vice Chancellor of the varsity, he submitted. The petitioner said that Dr. Qazi did not have the required experience to hold the office and despite that he had been appointed which definitely would affect the standard of the medical university.

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Syed Manoor Ali Shah of the LHC issued notice to Punjab government and King Edward Medical College University to submit reply and put off further hearing until Nov 17.

Kh Hassaan case: The Lahore High Court yesterday sought replies from the Lahore Development Authority and the Lahore Waste Management Company that whether Khawaja Ahmad Hassaan who got elected unopposed on the seat of chairmanship of Union Council 107, is holding any public office.

Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC was holding the proceedings on a petition challenging the election of Khwaja Ahmad Hassan for the office of chairmanship.

The judge wondered that how Mr. Hassan despite being a public functionary, got elected unopposed on a union council seat when the law barred any holder of the public from contesting the elections. The judge asked the counsel of Mr. Hassan to assist the court that whether he could contest the election if he was holding permanent office with LDA.

Aziz Masood, a voter of the UC, filed the application through his counsel Advocat Sheraz Zaka against the election of Khwaja Ahmad Hassan. The petitioner stated that the respondent had already held a public office as vice chairman of Lahore Development Authority and also had got involved with local government administration by being a director of Lahore Waste Management Company.

He pleaded that Section 27 of the Local Government Act 2013 states that a person who was in the service of a statutory body controlled by a provincial government was not eligible to contest the election of local bodies. He prayed the court to set aside his appointment.

The court will resume further hearing on Oct 29.