LHC seeks CAA record in Turkish teachers case

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought the record of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) about arrival/departure of planes from Turkey to Allama Iqbal International Airport on October 13 and 14 after petitioners’ counsel hinted that the kidnapped Turkish teacher- Mesut Kacmaz - might have been deported from Lahore.  Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza passed the orders on petitions, filed against deportation of Turkish teachers, affiliated with Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges- Murat Ervan and Mesut and his three family members. As the proceedings started, petitioners’ counsel Advocate Osama Malik submitted that the CCPO Lahore did not comply with court directions for provision of security at the residence of the petitioners in Wapda Town Lahore. To which, a provincial law officer, on behalf of the CCPO Lahore, submitted a report and claimed that four police constables had been deployed at the residence of the petitioners and they were performing duty on rotational basis. However, the petitioners’ counsel insisted that no police constables were deputed at the residence of the petitioners. At this, the court asked the law officer to apprise the court about the place where the police constables were deputed. A counsel, on behalf of CAA, submitted a list of passengers who travelled on Oct 13-14 from/to Turkey-Islamabad airport, in compliance of the court orders. But, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that the kidnapped teacher, Mesut Kacmaz, along with his wife might have been deported from Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore. At this, the court directed a federal law officer to provide record of the CAA regarding arrival/ departure of planes on Oct 13-14 from/to Turkey to Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore.–­APP

 More arguments sought on plea against Pemra chief

The Lahore High Court Tuesday sought more arguments on petition against Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Absar Alam  Justice Shahid Karim resumed the hearing of petition moved by Advocate Azhar Siddique.  The judge expressed dismay over a civil miscellaneous application moved by Absar Alam’s lawyer who showed himself as party in the case. He questioned as to how a lawyer can become a party while representing others’ case.  On it, the lawyers tendered his apology and withdrew his application. The judge dismissed the application as being withdrawn. The respondent’s lawyer said that Absar Alam was appointed in accordance with the rules and regulations of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority. However, the petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique opposed him saying that he was given favour through this appointment and he was drawing hefty amount as per month salary. After hearing both sides, Justice Karim sought more arguments on appointment, salary, perks and privileges of Absar Alam as Pemra chairman. The court would resume hearing on Nov 9. –Staff Reporter

 Customs chief praises team

The Customs Chief Collector has praised his team at a meeting in the regional office for achieving revenue targets.  The chief hoped the squad will continue with same spirit and dedication to meet the challenges. The Central Region has successfully surpassed its revenue collection target set for October. It was assigned Rs13640.35m revenue target and its collection stood at Rs15159 millions, a spokesman said, adding that the target for Customs duty in October was Rs4,896 million, whereas Rs5361 million was collected. –Staff Reporter