LAHORE - Twelve judicial officers Thursday filed a petition in the Lahore High Court challenging their force retirement ordered by Administrative Committee of the court.

The petitioners include additional district and sessions judges, senior civil judges and civil judges of Punjab district judiciary. They also assailed section 12 of Punjab Civil Servants Act 1974 for being contrary to the Constitution.

The officers pleaded that they were condemned unheard as no opportunity of hearing was afforded to them by the authorities concerned. They prayed to the court to strike down the section 12 of the Act for being unconstitutional and order their reinstatement.

On other hand, some civil judges also filed a petition in the LHC submitting that they were being discriminated in relation with their departmental promotion and appointment as judges of the LHC. They say that the lawyers, as compared with them, were directly recruited as Additional District and Sessions Judges and then are promoted as Sessions Judges and then as judges of the Lahore High Court in a very short span of time.

But the civil judges despite 15-year in service are promoted slowly and it was very rare that anyone of them could be promoted as judge of the LHC as compared with the practicing lawyers, they submitted.

They further stated it was discrimination with them. They requested the court to stop discrimination with them.

ombudsman Empowered: Announcing a detailed verdict on petition challenging powers of federal ombudsman, the Lahore High Court on Thursday ruled that federal ombudsman can hold review and frame recommendations on the cases related to gas and electricity supply companies.

A division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the appeal moved by Federal Ombudsman challenging the order of a single bench. In its order, the bench held that the single bench had not passed any order against the federal ombudsman and the order was misinterpreted. The ombudsman can address the complaints of citizens moved against gas and electricity distribution companies.

CNICS OF LIVING ABROAD: The LHC issued notice to National Database and Registration Authority Director General for not issuing ID cards to citizens of Pakistan living in foreign countries.

The court observed that the citizens living abroad and sending billions of rupees to the country as foreign exchange are ‘assets’ and the courts cannot see them in trouble. Noshab A Khan Advocate filed the petition and stated that Nadra could not establish its desks in embassies which were causing serious problems for the citizens.

He requested the court to order Nadra authorities to establish its desks in embassies. After hearing initial arguments, Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan of the LHC issued notice to Nadra DG and sought reply within 10 days.