LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Friday said every citizen could challenge the eligibility of parliamentarian.

He observed this while hearing a writ petition seeking disqualification of PML-N MNA Rana Zahid Hussain.

During the proceeding, the counsel for respondent MNA said the petitioner was a common citizen and had no locus standi to file it against a parliamentarian.

The court turned down his argument and observed that it was the right of every citizen to challenge and question the eligibility of parliamentarian.  The chief justice adjourned the hearing till the first week of September as the petitioner’s counsel did not appear before the court.

The petition was moved by a citizen namely Waheed Sabir of Pakpattan (NA-166) wherein he said the respondent MNA had got fake degree and violated the rules of public representation. He said the respondent claimed that he had got bachelor degree from Karachi University but in 2002 Justice Naseem Sikandir rejected it when it was submitted to the election tribunal.

The petitioner argued that the controller examination verified the number written on the form of respondent MNA Zahid Hussain which was actually allotted to another candidate Aurangzaib Magsi. The petitioner said Hussain submitted fake documents for his graduation.

The petitioner said the respondent MNA could not contest elections and was ineligible for being the member of national and provincial assembly. He requested the court to declare him disqualified.

NOTIFICATION WITHDRAWN: The Punjab Service Tribunal Chairman Justice (r) Saeed Akhtar told the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday that he had withdrawn the notification restraining government employees to file their appeals at the principal seat of the tribunal.

The tribunal chairman on May 30 issued the notification binding government employees to file their appeals at divisions of the tribunal and restraining them to approach the principal seat of the same.

Advocate Rizwana Anjum Mufti and others had challenged the notification, and pleaded that the notification was unlawful and against the fundamental rights of the employees. She contended the chairman misused his authority by issuing the notification.

The LHC had sought reply from the tribunal chairman against the petitions. As Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh took up matter on Friday, he was informed that the chairman had withdrawn the controversial notification. After this, the court disposed of the petition on withdrawn basis.

CASE ADJOURNED: Additional District and Sessions Judge Abdul Qayyum Khan on Friday adjourned the hearing until August 6 of a case involving Shan Khusro, the son of additional federal secretary and former Lahore Commissioner Parvez Khusro, who is allegedly involved in the murder of his class fellow and friend Hamza Ilahi.

On Friday, the police produced Shan Khusro before the court. However, the judge adjourned the hearing until August 6 to start regular trial proceedings against the accused. Copies of the case record are likely to be distributed among the two parties on the next hearing along with indictment of Shan in the case.

As per case details, Hamza Elahi, son of Shah Alam Market trader Sheikh Fazal Elahi, was found dumped in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase-VIII. Later the same night, his car was found from DHA Phase-VI.

Sheikh Fazal had lodged an FIR under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in which he had nominated Hamza’s friend Shan.