LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday ordered the Punjab government to pay Rs13,000 to watchmen per month as salary besides torches, rods and belts.

The watchmen of different villages had filed the petition and pointed out that they were getting Rs 300 since the British era. They said they were responsible for keeping record of all damages in the villages.

Payment of Rs 300 in the present time was violation of the labour laws, they said. They requested the court to order the government to pay them proper salary and other gadgets to perform their duties as watchmen in the villages.

After hearing arguments of both sides, Justice Faisal Zaman ordered the Punjab government to pay them Rs 13,000 as salary and provide them rods, belts and torches.

Meanwhile, Justice Shahid Waheed of the Lahore High Court yesterday issued notices to both parties to come up with final arguments on a petition filed by Opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed against non-functional of Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The court adjourned further hearing for the last week of January 2016. During the course of hearing, Punjab Assembly Secretary submitted written reply and said that a reference regarding audit reports on accounts of district governments sent by Governor Punjab had been pending before the Chief Minister for final decision.

The assembly’s secretary stated that the audit reports had not been presented before the assembly, therefore, the same could not be discussed by the PAC.

Representing the opposition leader, Advocate Sheraz Zaka argued that the audit reports of district governments of the Punjab had never been presented to the PAC nor laid before the house.

He requested the court to order the audit reports of the district governments (upto financial years 2014-2015) before the PAC as well as Punjab Assembly.

PILOT CASE: Lahore High Court yesterday issued fresh notices to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Sarwar Road police in a bail petition filed by pilot of Shaheen Airline facing charges of crash-landing under the influence of liquor.

The bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan directed the prosecution to produce complete record of the case on Dec 29.

Pilot Asmat Mahmood had crash landed a plane at Allama Iqbal International Airport on Nov 3 allegedly under the influence of liquor.