LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Thursday issued notices again to the federal government in a petition challenging constitution of new provinces.

Shabbir Hussain, a petitioner, filed petition submitting that the government was taking steps to make new provinces in the country. The petitioner said that the Constitution did not allow making of new provinces and these new provinces were against the basic structure of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973.

This was just a political move which was being made for political point scoring and were not in national interests, he submitted. He further said the government, in fact, failed to deliver and instead of providing basic necessities of life to the citizens, the government s were announcing to make new provinces. The petitioner requested the court stop demarcation of provinces on political grounds.

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Shujat Ali Khan of the LHC issued notices to the federal government to submit reply. The proceedings adjourned for indefinite time and the office would fix the hearing date.

Illegal Sims:  A writ petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court challenging sale of illegal and unregistered sims. A local lawyer had filed the petition saying that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has badly failed to stop sale of illegal sims across the country.

The petitioner said that PTA also failed to stop signals of Afghans’ cellular companies across the border between the two countries. It was against the national security and supporting terrorism activities in Pakistan.

The petitioner has requested the court to direct PTA to stop illegal sims’ sale for larger national interests.