LHC seeks report on plea to provide security to courts

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LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) bench headed by the chief Justice on Thursday sought details from the Punjab government and the inspector general of police regarding the security plan devised for courts of the province. 
Appearing before the bench, which was hearing a petition filed by the Lahore High Court Bar Association President Shafqat Mehmood Chohan to provide security to judges, lawyers, and litigants, the counsel for the prosecution department said that the department did not have proper support from the police because of which challans against criminals could not be submitted to trial courts on time. 
He said that in the course of trial, the accused also get benefit due to defective investigation. The bench remarked that irresponsible officers should not be retained in the police. 
Petitioner Chohan said that security provided to courts was insufficient. He said that he has filed the petition on behalf of the bar to get the protection of all stakeholders secured.
He said that terrorist attack on courts complex in Islamabad was enough to expose poor security arrangements. He said that police had not taken any effective measures despite repeated complaints lodged by bar associations. 
He said that security of life is constitutional right of every citizen and slackness on part of the government on this issue could not be tolerated. 
He requested the court to direct the police to ensure protection of judges, lawyers, and litigants.
LHC takes notice of girl’s kidnapping: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday took notice of a press report on the kidnapping of a young girl, who was found abandoned near Hafeez Centre in Gulberg. 
The LHC directed the local district and sessions judge to look intothe matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by thepolice so far along with his own comments within a week.
The victim told her family that seven people had kidnapped her, taken her to an undisclosed location, made her drink liquor, molested her, and abandoned her near Hafeez Centre. 
The girl had also suffered a head injury and was shifted to Jinnah Hospital where she was stated to be in stable condition. 
It was also reported that four youths had exchanged harsh words with the hospital staff to get the girl discharged forcibly. However, they had to flee leaving their car on the hospital premises after the victim’s mother snatched vehicle’s keys from one of them.
The police unlocked the car and seized empty bottles of liquor and thegirl’s shawl from the vehicle. The police are investigating.

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