LAHORE: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court on Monday again issued notice to the federal and Punjab governments on a petition seeking directions to remove the mono of national flag from garbage containers, vehicles and drums as early as possible.
These things are being used by the Lahore Waste Management Company for the purpose of cleaning the city. The judge sought replies from the two governments until April 22. The judge on September 26, 2013, had issued notice to the authorities concerned, but on Monday, none of them appeared in court.
Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique moved this petition seeking directions to remove the mono of the national flag from the garbage containers, vehicles and drums being used by the Lahore Waste Management Company. He also requested that stern action should also be initiated against the persons/departments directly or indirectly involved in desecration of the national flag by displaying it at filthy places.
He further requested the court that appropriate directions may be issued to the federal and Punjab governments to initiate the process of formal legislation/code for the national flag like other countries across the world. He submitted that on the basis of a joint venture of the Turkish government with the Punjab government, a new project had been launched for the purpose of cleaning Lahore, and that the waste management company was established in this regard. He said that it was reported in the nation press that the Pakistani national flag had been displayed along with waste material on the containers being used by this company for collection and transfer of waste material.
He stated that such a display amounted to disregard for the flag. He stated that unlike other countries, there was no rule and regulation in Pakistan to discourage the exercise, but there were certain protocols in the consultation for the national flag. “Two of the protocols are: the flag must not touch the ground, shoes, feet, or anything unclean, and that it must not be displayed anywhere where it is likely to get dirty.”
He said that displaying the national flag on containers, trucks and garbage carriers was tantamount to defaming, digressing, humiliating and disobeying the protocols of the national flag.
He stated that according to Section 123-B of the Pakistan Penal Code, defiling of the national flag was punishable by three years or fine, or both.
He stated that by displaying the national flag on garbage containers and other carriers/vehicles, the chastity of the national flag had been violated. He stated that a panel action should be taken against the persons who were directly or indirectly involved in such an oversight. He stated that the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) – the opposition party in the Punjab Assembly – had also filed a resolution in the assembly on the issue.
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