LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought a report from the district and sessions judge of Rahim Yar Khan about a press report regarding the assault and murder of a six-year-old child.
The Lahore High Court directed the sessions judge to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police, along with his own comments.
According to details, a minor child, a resident of Basti Manzoorabad, was playing outside his house when accused Shafique lured him and took him to a deserted place, where he sodomised and later strangled him.
On hearing the cries of the child, people of the area rushed the scene and caught the suspect red-handed, who was later handed over to the police.
Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court dismissed a petition challenging suspension of gas to CNG stations.
The single bench of Justice Ijaz Ahmad was hearing the petition filed by owners of various CNG stations.
Earlier, the counsel for the petitioners arguing before the court submitted that gas suspension to CNG stations had not only affected owners but also thousands of workers, who were now jobless.
However, counsel for the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) submitted that gas supply to CNG stations was suspended to ensure supply of gas to domestic consumers.
The court after hearing the arguments dismissed the petition, observing that gas supply to the domestic consumers should be ensured on a priority basis.
Separately, Justice Ijaz Ahmad of the Lahore High Court on Friday referred a petition challenging land acquisition for a garments city situated near Kala Shah Kaku to the Lahore High Court chief justice with a request to fix all identical matters together.
The court noted that identical petitions regarding the ‘garment city’ were being heard by different benches, therefore, it would be in the interest of justice to collect all these pleas and fix them before a bench.
However, the court also issued a stay order, barring the Punjab government from further acquiring land.
The petition was filed by Anjuman-e-Mutasareen Garments City, assailing land acquisition by the Punjab government for the garments city.
The petitioner pleaded the court to stay the land acquisition as it was being carried out illegally.
Justice Ayesha A Malik also reserved a verdict on an identical petition of the same nature after hearing arguments of the parties.
Earlier, Acting Punjab Advocate General Mustafa Ramday contended that the land acquisition by the government could not be challenged as the government had authority to acquire land for any welfare project.
However, the counsel for the petitioner argued that the acquisition was being undertaken for a private use.
The counsel contended that the required process was not adopted for the purpose of land acquisition, as the government did not conducted any inquiry under Section 40 of the relevant act.
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