LHC disposes of student’s assault case as challan submitted

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday disposed of a notice regarding the assault on a female student by five vagabonds, as challan of the case has been submitted before the trial court.
The LHC had taken notice on a press report regarding assault on a young girl by five vagabonds and had sought a report from the Gujrat district and sessions judge.
The sessions judge reported that a criminal case had been registered at the Saddar Kharian Police Station on the application of the victim’s mother, and all the culprits had been arrested. 
He stated that the police after completing investigation and other legal formalities had sent them to judicial lockup.
The police also submitted a challan against the accused before the court of competent jurisdiction for trial.
According to the press report, a young girl of village Dilu was sleeping in her house when five accused – Ghulam Ghous, Yasir, Imran, Gull Sher and Rehan – knocked at the door. As the girl opened the door, they overpowered the girl and molested her. On the application of the victim’s mother, Kharian police registered a case against the said culprits and arrested them.
Meanwhile, a division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday dismissed an inter-court appeal against acquisition of land by the Punjab government for establishing a garment city in Sheikhupura. Earlier, a single bench on January 16 had dismissed a number of petitions against acquisition of land by the Punjab government to establish the garment city in Sheikhupura. 
The appellate counsel submitted that the government was planning to build a garment city on the agricultural land instead of promoting the agriculture, which was their product. He said that the vegetables and fruits had already been out of access of the poor citizens, as the government had badly ignored the agriculture sector in the country, especially in Punjab.
He said that there was not justification for establishing industry on agriculture land, and that it would cause a great loss, as a number of peasants would have to face unemployment. He said that it would create more jobs if the government starts such projects in the backward areas of the province, while the agricultural lands would also be saved.
He said that the single bench had dismissed the petitions without going into details of the case and had failed to understand the miseries of the farmers, especially those who were going to be affected by the Punjab government’s project. He said that occupying the properties was a violation of the Land Acquisition Act and the government wanted to reward some blue-eyed personalities through this project.
He alleged that the big landholders had been ignored while the small property holders had been targeted in acquiring the land. He requested the court to restrain the provincial government from creating the garment city in Sheikhupura by acquiring the petitioners’ land. 
Acting Advocate General of Punjab Mustafa Ramday while opposing the appeal replied that the Punjab Industrial Estate was not designed in a few days, but the project had been envisaged after thorough consultation with experts. He said that the government was starting industrial projects after the country got the GSP Plus status.
He said that the project was in the national interest, as the government wanted to provide employment opportunities to the common man. He requested the court to maintain the single bench’s order.

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