LAHORE Three top secretaries of Punjab on Wednesday undertook, before the Lahore High Court, to provide Big City allowance to the teachers within a week. Before the Bench of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Secretary Finance Punjab, Secretary Schools Punjab and Secretary Local Government Punjab assured the court that petitioner teachers will be given Big City allowance within seven days in compliance with an earlier passed order of this court. Justice Sh Azmat Saeed had summoned the said secretaries on a petition filed by Abdul Rasheed, senior headmaster at Government High School Raiwind Road, and other teachers. Initially, Secretary Finance Tariq Bajwa flanked by Secretary Schools Aslam Janjua, secretary local government Khizar Hayat requested the court to grant them more time to do the needful but the judge refused to grant the request. The judge observed that it is a matter of contempt of court and the petitioners have already waited for long to see the respondents complying with the court order by the departments concerned. The judge also reprimanded the secretaries for ignoring the court order and denying rights of big city allowance to the teachers. Upon this, Secretary Finance Tariq Bajwa assured the court that the order of this court will be complied with within seven days. Later, the judge put off the matter till June 23. The petitioner counsel submitted that secretary local government and community development had issued a notification on June 29, 2005 with to provide of Big City allowance to all the teachers serving within the limits of City District Government Lahore. But the said allowance was never paid to the teachers, therefore, a writ petition was filed before the high court, he said. LHC permits Dalbir to meet Sarbajit: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Wednesday allowed sister of Sarbajit Singh, to see her brother in Kot Lakhpat Jail. Indian national Dalbir Kaur came to Pakistan to meet her brother Sarabjit Singh who has been convicted to death for killing 14 people in multiple bomb blasts in Punjab in 1990. She moved the Court which accepting her plea, allowed her to see her brother Sarabjit in the jail at 11am on Thursday, her counsel Awais Sheikh told the media after getting permission from the court. The court directed Home secretary Punjab and Superintendent Kot Lakhpat jail to allow Dalbir Kaur to meet with her brother, first on June 16 (today) and second on the day when she would leave Pakistan for India as 'farewell meeting with her brother. The counsel contended that the jail authorities and the home secretary Punjab were not permitting Ms Dalbir to meet her brother in the jail despite the fact she made several attempts in this regard. The counsel said it was against the basic human rights that a real sister of a death row convict was not being permitted to meet her brother in jail especially when she had come all the way from India for this purpose. Sarabjit was sentenced to death for his involvement in bomb blasts in Punjab province. Ms Kaur arrived in Lahore on June 6 to meet Sarabjit and made an appeal to the Pakistan government for his release after commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment. She said her brother has already been served term of life imprisonment because he have been in jail for the last 20 years after Lahore High Court and Supreme Court of Pakistan upheld the death sentence awarded by the trail court. His family insists that he was wrongly convicted for the bombings. It may be pertinent to mention here that a local lawyer has also moved a separate petition against the grant of pardon by the president of Pakistan to Sarbajit Singh. On the petition of Ilmuddin Ghazi, the court has issued notice to the state as the petitioner contends the under Article 45 of the Constitution, the president is not competent to pardon a convict as under the Sharia law it is prerogative of the victim family members to do the same. The petitioner apprehends the president may accept the petition of Kaur to set her brother free not withstanding the fact he is the killer of Pakistani citizens. Hearing of Double Shah case put off: An Accountability court on Wednesday adjourned by June 22, the hearing of case against Sayed Ibrar Hussain and Imtiaz Hussain, the alleged accomplices of Sayed Sibtul Hassan Gilani alias Double Shah after recording statements of two prosecution witnesses. As per detail, NAB Punjab had authorised investigation against Sayed Sibtul Hassan Gilani alias Double Shah and others on the charges of cheating public at large, as parallel to banking and criminal breach of trust. It was found during the investigation that said accused in connivance, abetment and aiding of his principal accused Sayed Sibtul Hassan Gilani, their associates and close relatives lured and invited the investors to deposit money with them on the promise of returning their deposits with unprecedented (100 per cent profit) and to double to their investments after the expiry of specified period. Aforementioned accused had also been allegedly involved in receiving the amount in bulk from principal accused Sayed Sibtul Hassan.