LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Thursday directed the Punjab government to fill the vacant posts for persons with disability in the province within three months and sought compliance report on implementation of disabled quota on private institutions.

Arguing before the court, Advocate Azhar Siddique submitted that federal and provincial governments were not acting upon the quota specified for disabled. He said because of the negligence of the governments, the disabled persons were compelled to protest on roads for their rights.

A law officer on behalf of the Punjab government, however, said an agreement had already taken place between the disabled persons and the government for giving them jobs. He requested the court to give six months to the government to implement this agreement. He said an advertisement was given to fill vacant 1909 posts in different provincial departments.

He said more 943 vacant posts for disabled would soon be advertised. He said they had also given an advertisement to fill another 1545 vacant posts for disabled in all districts of the province.

He said another 1754 vacant posts in different districts would be advertised later. Submitting a report on torture on disabled persons during the protest, the law officer said no police official tortured them.

A law officer who appeared on behalf of the federal government, however, sought more time to implement the disabled quota but the judge expressed displeasure and directed him to file reply by next date of hearing. The court will resume hearing on July 16.

Meanwhile, the lawyers Thursday rejected profession tax imposed on them in annual budget of 2015-16 and announced to run a countrywide protest against it across the country.

In their joint press conference, Pakistan Bar Council, Punjab Bar Council, Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association strongly condemned the imposition of professional tax saying that it would affect the speedy justice.

PBC vice-chairman Azam Nazir Tarar, Lahore High Court Bar Association President Pir Masood Chishti, Lahore Bar Association President Ishtiaq A Khan and Tax Bar Association President Mansha Sindhu addressed the press conference.

The lawyers’ representatives stated that the lawyers had reservations over the professional tax but despite that fact it was levied. The government, they said, had ignored free legal aid and did not enforce Public Defendants Act which would make the justice more expensive. They threatened to knock the door of justice if the said tax was not taken back.

Meanwhile, Lahore Tax Bar held a post-budget sessions in order to help the participants know the kinds of taxes and their collection in the country.