LAHORE  - A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday gave two week time to federal and Punjab governments to submit replies in a petition challenging legality of the one-judge judicial commission that held inquiry into Model Town incident which claimed 15 lives and left 85 others severely injured.  As the proceedings commenced, law officers on behalf of both federal and provincial governments sought more time to submit replies of both governments.   

The bench, however, allowed the adjournment and deferred further proceedings until December 1. \Advocate Aftab Bajwa filed the petition submitting that the constitution of tribunal comprising judges of superior courts was against honour of judiciary. He contended in the past several judicial commissions were constituted but their recommendations were never implemented which raised questions on the independence of judiciary.  The petitioner said that government always requested the judicial authorities to constitute commissions and inquiry tribunals and uses them as a shield to protect their wrong doings. Bench comprising Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan, Justice Anawarul Haq and Justice Abdus Sattar Asghar was hearing several petitions questioning tribunal legality. The bench, however, allowed the adjournment request by the law officers and deferred further proceedings until Dec 1.

LHC moved for LG polls:  The Lahore High Court has been moved a writ petition seeking directions for Punjab government to announce local government elections in the province immediately.  Advocate Rizwan Gill on Monday filed the petition saying that the government was violating the Constitution by not holding the LG polls. He told the judge the Supreme Court set a deadline for the polls but the government failed to comply with the order.  The petitioner further stated that delaying LG election was amounted to disregarding the true spirit of democracy. He prayed the court to order the government to hold the polls immediately even on the basis of old delimitation.