LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Wednesday restrained the federal government from releasing $2 million to three American lawyers for pleading the case of Dr Aafia Siddiqui in American courts. If the payment has not yet been made to attorneys in America, the same should be withheld till the final decision of the LHC, ruled Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry while hearing a miscellaneous application moved by Afias counsel Barrister Muhammad Iqbal Jafree. The court also directed the federal government to submit reply of this application as well as of main petition that is fixed for August 17. The court has also inquired of the federal government as to any objection if the matter is referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The petitioner is aggrieved of allocation of $2million by the government for contesting the case of Aafia through three American lawyers and fears that public money of the nation would be fleeced by some people and the needful would remain unachievable. He pleaded it was advisable to approach the International Court of Justice, requesting the court to restrain the spending of the said amount. The court has already required ministries of foreign affairs and interior to provide the details about brining Dr Afia back to the country. The petitioner alleged that Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf had given away more than 9,000 citizens to the US authorities. According to Afias family, she was arrested from Karachi on March 30, 2003 outside her house and was taken to Afghanistan. Later, she was transported to the US, where she was tried under terrorism charges for attempting to kill two American investigators. Two of her American national children are reportedly still missing while one of her child has been handed over to her sister by the interior ministry. Govt urged to give autonomy to provinces President Tehreek-e-Istaqlal Rehmat Khan Wardag has urged the rulers to give autonomy to all the provinces. In a statement issued here Wednesday, he said that the federal government should keep with it only four departments-Foreign Affairs, Interior, Finance and communication and Works and all the others should be devolved to the provinces. Rehmat Wardag said that the provinces should also devolve all the powers to the local government to ensure resolution of public problems at the grassroot level.