LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Thursday sought reply from Federal Government on a petition seeking direction for the federal government to approach International Court of Arbitration on the issue of illegal construction of dams by Indian authorities on Indus River.

Kisan Board Pakistan filed the petition through its counsel Mirza Abdul Khalique and pleaded that India were constructing dams on Indus River in violation of Indus Basin Water Treaty. He contended under the treaty Pakistan had got first water utilization right over three rivers including Indus River but Indian was constantly infringing Pakistan’s right but authorities had turned a deaf ear to the sensitive issue.  The petitioner pointed out that in past the neighboring country had already violated the water treat by constructing dams on Jehlum and Chenab rivers but our government remained unmoved.

The petitioner said it was highly regretful that Pakistan was neither constructing dams on its rivers nor it was taking steps to stop India from using the water of said rivers.

He said India wanted to make Pakistan a barren state. He requested to the court to issue directions to the federal government to take the issue to international court of arbitration. Justice Ijazul Hasan recorded the arguments and issued notice to the federal government and sought reply by Sep 15.

Verdict reserved:  The Lahore High Court on Thursday reserved verdict on a writ petition seeking implementation of ban on use of word “My Lord” for judges of superior courts and bowing in front of them during court proceedings.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh reserved the judgment after all parties concluded their arguments on Thursday. The petitioner advocate A.K Dogar submitted that on November 6, 1980 President Order Number 15 in 1980 was promulgated by the then president in pursuance of a meeting attended by the chief justices of the superior courts.