LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Thursday directed the federal government to give reasons behind the extension of Haj Director Rafih Bashir in Jaddah, Saudi Arabia, the close relative of opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah.

The federal government submitted that Rafih Bashir was given extension over successful Haj operation last year.

On it, the judge asked the counsel of the state that why he was given extension despite the fact that different names had also been proposed for the said office. The judge directed the federal government to come up with reasoning behind extension of Rafih Bashir.

A petitioner filed the petition through his counsel Advocate Azhar Siddique and submitted that Rafih Bashir was involved in corruption.–Staff Reporter

A number of inquiries against him had also been proved but despite that he was holding the office and had been given extension, he said.

He pleaded the judge that his extension was based on political grounds and not on merit, so it should be set aside and the federal government be directed to appoint a person purely on merit. The Court will resume hearing on July 01.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court summoned record of the plots distributed by then chief minister Punjab in 1988 and adjourned the hearing until July 28.

Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan held the proceedings filed by a lawyer-petitioner Noshab A Khan. A LDA official told the judge that they were collecting records of all plots allotted by the then CM and soon would be submitted before the court. On it, Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan of the LHC remarked that in all over the world, records are preserved but not in Pakistan. Apparently, the LDA was not fulfilling its responsibility.

The petitioner said that in 1988, the then Punjab chief minister had allotted the plots in Garden Town to his favorites in violation of rules. He said the plots were given on rates much below that the marked price. He prayed the court to recover the outstanding amount from the responsible.