LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday took notice of a press report that influential persons abducted and assaulted a teenage girl in Mustafabad, Kasur and sought report within a week.
The LHC directed the district and sessions’ judge, Kasur to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police.
According to details, accused Zeeshan, Abu al Hasan and Muhammad Haris belonging to a landlord family along with their accomplice abducted a 13-year-old girl in suburban village Sirhali Kalan at gunpoint from her home. They took the girl to an unknown place where they molested her and fled.
On the application of victim’s brother, police registered a case against the identified accused. The people of the area protested against the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
LHC restrains hunting of Houbara Bustards birds till Feb 10: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday directed the federal government to ensure that the permit holders were restrained from hunting Houbara Bustards in Punjab, till February 10.
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC issued the directions while hearing petitions seeking directions to save from hunting Siberian birds, coming to Pakistan during winter.
In one petition, petitioner lawyer submitted that 33 permits/licenses had been issued by the federal government to foreign dignitaries of the five countries of Gulf Region to hunt internationally protected Houbara Bustards during the hunting season 2013-14. He submitted that the said permits could not be issued by the federal government and are in violation of sections 2 (n) and 9 (ii) read with Item No.20 of the 3rd Schedule to The Punjab Wildlife (Protection, Preservation, Conservation and Management) (Amendment) Act, 2007.
Additional attorney general for Pakistan (AAG) cited a newspaper report that the government was observing moratorium against hunting of Houbara Bustards during the hunting season.
Judge remarked that, “It is noted that the press clipping reflects that the permits have been issued for the hunting season 2013 – 2014. No provision of law has been cited by the learned law officer to show that concession can be granted to foreign dignitaries to hunt Houbara Bustards. The issuance of permits to foreign dignitaries, prima facie, appears to be without lawful authority”. The judge directed the AAG to place on record the names of all the 33 permit holders before the next date of hearing. The judge also directed the secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue notice to all the 33 permit holders to arrange for representation in this case.
On a second petition regarding hunting of Houbara Bustards, the judge issued notices to the respondents, as well as, Ministry of Environment. He also issued fresh notice to the other two amici curiae (friends of the court) for the next date of hearing.
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