LAHORE - What steps have been taken to ensure security at public places including Lahore High Court and other historical buildings, the Lahore High Court issued notices to Punjab Home Secretary, IGP and CCPO Lahore yesterday.

Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa of the LHC passed the order and adjourned further hearing until May 11. Ali Javed, a local resident, filed the petition through his counsel Advocate Sheraz Zaka and sought directions for the authorities concerned to provide security to the public at all public places.

During the course of hearing, the petitioner’s counsel argued that Punjab Home Secretary issued a warning/security alert to IG Punjab on April 17 saying that there was a possible security threat in Lahore. The lawyer argued that in order to enforce the fundamental rights of common citizens, it must be inquired from IG Punjab that what security controls have been put in place in the public places and especially inside the LHC premises.

At this, the judge inquired from the counsel whether the court can interfere in this disputed issue. The counsel replied that in the light of superior court judgments that in public interest issues the court is supposed to conduct inquisitorial proceedings rather adversarial.

The judge observed that there must be proper security controls inside the high court premises. The judge sought details from the Punjab Home Secretary, Inspector General Punjab, Capital City Police Officer that what steps have been taken so far for the security of public at public places including historical buildings.

The petitioner had submitted that there were no security arrangements at public places in the provincial capitals and others areas of the province. The petitioner stated being vulnerable targets; the terrorists may attack anytime.

He prayed to the court to order them to provide foolproof security to the public places for larger public interest.

APPEALS DISMISSED: The Lahore High Court yesterday dismissed appeals of two persons convicted of throwing acid on a man 12 years ago in Faisalabad.

Convicts Muhammad Yousaf and Ghulam Fareed, who were residents of Faisalabad district, were arrested on the charges of throwing acid on Qalab Wali in personal enmity. A trial court awarded seven years imprisonment to Muhammad Yousaf and ten years to Ghulam Fareed. However, they challenged their conviction saying that they were innocent and were implicated in the case on the basis enmity. A law officer opposed their arguments and said that police investigation had found them guilty; there were eye-witnesses also and therefore they did not deserve mercy.

After hearing arguments of both sides, the court dismissed the appeals.