LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial directed the Punjab Inspector General Police to submit a comprehensive report on terrorists’ attacks on courts premises, arrest of accused and action against police officials in such activities.

A division bench headed by the chief justice was hearing the case against poor security arrangements on courts premises on Monday. The chief justice directed Punjab police to submit report within ten days.

IGP Khan Baig appeared before the court and said reforms were being made in operations and investigation wings of the Punjab police. He said through these reforms, police officers would be imparted training on modern lines and they would be deputed at sensitive places.

Rejecting the IGP’s reply, the CJ observed that during last six months, number of such attacks exposed the poor performance of police and no accused was arrested. He said it was totally a failure that people were taking law into their hands. “People would take the system in their hands if judges, litigants and lawyers are not provided security,” he remarked.

Earlier, Justice Sheikh Najamul Hasan had referred the case to the chief justice for constitution of a larger bench besides issuing notices to the home secretary, IGP, CCPO, SP Security and presidents of LHCBA & LBA and District & Sessions Judges of all provincial districts.

A local citizen had filed a suit and challenged the worsen law and order situation in the country. He said increasing ugly events in court premises had made the situation worse, creating a sense of terror and there would be no system if security was not provided.

 He said the government and the authority concerned were taking it easy and ignoring the situation.

HEARING DENIED: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Monday denied hearing of a petition filed challenging schedule of presidential elections and referred the case to Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial either to constitute larger bench or to send it to Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

The petitioner submitted that the article 63 bars dual national to contest the presidential elections. He had already filed Intra Court Appeal wherein he challenged amendment made in section 5 of the president election rules, whereby the application of article 63 was deleted.

The division bench observed that there was already an identical matter before the division bench and it was improper to hear this petition before any other bench. The bench referred the petition before the division bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

The petitioner, Azhar Siddique advocate submitted that the Presidential Election Rules, 1988 was gazetted on December 3, 1988 while disqualification was provided in the article 63. He said but the then election commission on September 10, 2007 through a notification changed the rule and disqualification condition was removed.

The bench, after hearing the arguments, denied hearing of the case and referred the matter to the chief justice.