LAHORE – The Punjab government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the land of a Hindu graveyard situated at Buduawa, GT Road, has been recovered from the illegal occupants while encroachments have also been removed from there.

A two-member bench comprising Justices Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Asif Saeed Khan Khosa resumed hearing of a human rights case initiated on an application filed by Hindu Sidharth Sabha General Secretary Amarnath regarding illegal possession of a Hindu graveyard situated on GT Road.

Additional Advocate General Faisal Zaman on Tuesday informed the bench that the court orders were being obeyed by the Punjab government. He further said the land of graveyard had been recovered and handed over to the Hindu community.

After the law officer’s statement, the bench disposed of the application.

The applicant had submitted that land measure 3 Kanal 4 marlas was being used as Balmiki graveyard even before partition but in 1984 a part of the land was taken over by the government and since then Hindus were not being permitted to use it as a burial place.

He said now local land mafia in connivance with the government departments encroached upon the land and trying to build building on it. The applicant had prayed for directions to the provincial governments for removing the land grabbers from the community’s graveyards.

Meanwhile, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday nullified elections of Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) by declaring them unlawful. The court had also restrained the office-bearers from declaring themselves as elected members.

Nadeem Aftab Sindhu, a candidate for the post of secretary general, moved the petition by submitting the POA office-bearers including president, secretary general, ten vice presidents, treasurer and seven associate secretary-generals were elected for a period of four years.

He submitted the POA elections were announced after the expiry of four years term on February 7 and election rules were issued for this purpose. He contended the incumbent president, who was also contesting for seat of president, established an election commission arbitrarily without consultation of the general council.

The petitioner’s counsel submitted that the petitioner had also filed nomination papers for the seat of secretary general, which the election board accepted after due process.

He said the elections were to be conducted through a secret ballot at the election meeting of POA general council and the voting for seat of secretary general was to take place after announcement of elections of the president. He alleged that the petitioner was not allowed to enter when he reached the election meeting on February 4, at a local hotel and was told that he would be informed about the results shortly.

Later, petitioner was surprised to know that after the announcement of election for president seat, the entire election process was declared to be over and it was learnt that the president announced his panel for remaining seats who would take charge as office-bearers without going through the election process.

He termed the elections illegal and against the rules of International Olympic Committee. He requested that the action of not holding election for the remaining seats of office-bearers be declared illegal and appointments made by the president be also declared null and void.

The chief justice on Tuesday heard at large arguments of both the parties and declared the POA elections as null and void. The court, however, observed the association, if seemed necessary, could hold new elections over all seats expect the president.