LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday hearing appeals against postponement of by-election in Punjab took notice of large election meetings in Gilgat-Baltistan amidst governments plea of bad law and order situation in the country for holding by-elections. The bench comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan was hearing three intra court appeals filed by Chief Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Muhammad Azhar Siddique and Manzoor Ali Gillani advocates. As hearing started on Tuesday, Khawaja Haris advocate resumed his arguments on behalf of the Punjab government. During the course of arguments, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan asked Haris if law and order situation had got worse in the country, how elections were being held in Gilgit-Baltistan area and all the main political leaders were addressing huge election gatherings there. Having no satisfactory reply to the courts query, the counsel could only say the area was safe for elections as no terrorist or suicide attacks were being carried out in those areas. Meanwhile, Haris continued his arguments about locus standi of the government saying the election commission of Pakistan should have granted an ample opportunity of hearing to the government before issuing the election schedule. The bench adjourned hearing for Wednesday (today) as the arguments of the counsel were in progress. A single bench comprising Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on October 9 last while accepting the Punjab government plea had postponed bye-elections in Punjab on the ground that CECP had not afforded opportunity of hearing to the provincial government. Hearing of bar's president case adjourned Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court adjourned till November 12 hearing of a petition against Pakistan Bar Council decision of declaring Munawar Iqbal Gondal as acting president of Lahore High Court Bar Association. The judge had already suspended the operation of the impugned order of the PBC issued on October 7, 2009 that paved way for Nasira Iqbal to continue as the bar president. On Tuesday, Ahmed Awais, counsel of petitioner, Nasira Iqbal, advanced his arguments. Awais requested the court to declare the PBC decision as illegal and sought directions to declare the petitioner as president of the bar.