LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Punjab government, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and the DCO in a petition seeking action against responsible and implementation of building laws in order to avoid such incident in future.

Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC heard the case. However, the judge referred the case to Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, because he was already hearing a similar case.

As the proceedings commenced, the petitioner-lawyer Advocate Azhar Siddique told the judge that Anarkali incident took place due to negligence of department concerned and as a result, 13 people lost their lives and business.

He said had the building laws been implemented with the letter and spirit, the situation would have been different. It was criminal negligence on the part of the government.

The petitioner requested the court to seek an explanation from the government authorities to explain their failure to overcome the fire tragedy within the best possible time.

He pleaded the court that a commission should be constituted for fixing the responsibilities and the reasons that why this incident took place with a future plan in order to protect the lives of the citizens. The petitioner prayed that all those people who were directly or indirectly were involved be penalised.

The court will resume hearing on January 23.