LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday allowed the Punjab government shifting a cattle market to Shahpur Kanjraan from Sherakot area by declaring its transfer a fit step.

The LHC on Thursday dismissed various petitions challenging shifting of cattle market to Shahpur Kanjara area.

Two citizens, Muhammad Ashraf and Noor Nabi, had challenged the shifting from Sherakot by filing writ petitions. The petitioners said the DCO through a notification had ordered to shift cattle market from Sherakot area to Shahpur Kanjara which was quite far from City.

Additional advocate general Hanif Khattana appeared and pointed out that the provincial government was shifting the cattle market in view of an earlier order of the LHC. He informed the court that about 700 kanal land had been meant for new cattle market whereas only 32 kanal land was available for old cattle market at Sherakot on Bund Road. He said of total land 22 kanal was being used as graveyard. The shifting of market to new place the land of graveyard would also be redeemed which will be used for citizen welfare.

He said old cattle market was causing severe traffic problems in the area while unhygienic conditions were also one of the reasons to shift it to new place. He said all facilities had been provided at new cattle market and a mechanism had been evolved to swift solution of problems there.

Justice Shahid Saeed agreed with the government’s statement and dismissed the petitions while allowing the government to shift the market.

REPLY SOUGHT FROM AG: The LHC on Thursday issued a notice to the attorney general (AG) and sought his assistance on some legal points raised by a sacked colonel of Pakistan Army in a petition challenging his two years sentence and termination from the services over the allegations for conspiring to wage war against the country.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan directed the AG to submit reply till second week of October.

Muhammad Azad Minhas filed the petition and submitted that he along with three army officials and one civilian, who belonged to Mujahdin groups, was arrested on Sep 26, 1995 over the allegations of conspiring against the country.

Later, civilian Qari Saiful Allah was released due to non-availability of evidences and on orders of the Supreme Court, the petitioner added.

But, the petitioner contended, he was denied from the same treatment and sentenced for two years imprisonment in 1996 besides termination from the services by the Field General Court Martial (FGMC). Ex-Colonel submitted that he was treated discriminately by the FGMC because evidences and witnesses had not said even a single word against him.

He requested the court to set aside the decision of FGMC convicting him, and direct the ministry of defense for restoration of his services with all benefits including salary, allotted residential plot, pension and others since 1996.

Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan recorded initial arguments and issued notice to attorney general for second week of October. “The petitioner has raised some legal points in the petition; therefore, court needs his assistance on them,” the order said.

ADJOURNED: Additional District and Sessions Judge Abdul Qayyum Khan on Thursday adjourned till September 11 the hearing of a murder case against Shan Khusro, son of additional federal secretary and former commissioner of Lahore, Khusro Parvez.

Shan, accused of murdering a friend, Hamza Elahi, was produced before the court on Thursday by the jail authorities.

Hamza Elahi, son of Shah Alam Market trader Sheikh Fazal Elahi, was found dead in DHA’s Phase-VIII.  His car was found in DHA’s Phase VI.