LAHORE  - The Lahore High Court Tuesday extended stay order on petitions challenging luxury tax on houses of two canals or more, with directions to the provincial government to submit reply on next hearing fixed as November 10.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza Passed the order. The petitioners through their counsel told the judge that the Punjab government imposed anlegal tax as it tried to impose last year but withdrew it after the citizens challenged it before the courts.

The government had also been charging double tax through two different laws which was not permissible in the eye of law.  There cannot be two laws on a same object and at the same time, they argued. The court accepted the new applications and extended the stay order till Nov 10.

Ministries asked to provide Bagram Jail

detainees’ record 

The LHC directed the federal ministry of foreign affairs and interior ministry to submit details about Pakistanis released from Bagram Jail, Afghanistan and repatriate to Pakistan.

As the proceedings commenced, Barrister Sara Bilal argued that 23 Pakistanis had been released from Bagram Jail. She said the court had ordered the authorities concerned let them meet their families. Despite that the court had ordered their release and meeting with their families, they had not been allowed yet to meet their families, she contended. She said it was the violation of the court orders which was illegal and unlawful.

After hearing her initial arguments, the court directed the ministry of foreign affairs and interior ministry to submit record of the detainees released from Bagram Jail. The proceedings adjourned till Oct 28.

PLEA ADMITTED FOR HEARING: The Lahore High Court Tuesday admitted a petition challenging raids made by labor inspectors at petrol pumps and fillings stations at different places.

A local resident had filed the petition saying that the labor inspectors had been empowered to conduct raids at petrol and gas filling stations in the city through a notification issued by Punjab Governor House.

The petitioner said that the labors officers who conducted the raids at fillings stations did were not technical experts and they were just harassing the owners of fillings stations. They also did not know about the tools of measurement and quantity, he said. He further said the inspectors being ill-trained cannot perform the duty they had been assigned.

The petitioner prayed the court to bar the labor inspectors who were not technical experts from harassing the owners of the petrol and gas filling stations and depute expert officers to perform the duty for larger public interest.

After the initial arguments, the court accepted the petition for regular hearing and adjourned the proceedings till indefinite time.

Meanwhile, Lahore High Court asked the Advocate General Punjab to assist the court on a petition challenging suspension of civil judges. The civil judges had challenged their removal in the court submitting that they were not heard and instead removed from their jobs which was unlawful.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the case who asked the AGP to assist the case on the matter. The proceedings adjourned till October 28.