LAHORE - Lahore High Court on Thursday sought report about verification of the affectees of Joseph Colony inferno and adjourned further proceedings till February 13.

A law officer on behalf of the federal government told the LHC judge that the DCO Lahore was assigned the duty to provide compensation of 266 affectees. He said that verification of the affectees was yet to be done and the process would be completed afterwards.

Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza directed the federal government to submit report on the next hearing.

Zaman Masih and dozens of other had filed petitions saying that 30 out of 190 affected families were still waiting for compensation announced by then president as the government had announced Rs500,000 for each affected family. He said that the government delayed the payment and treated them discriminatory. They prayed to the court to direct the federal government to give them the announced compensation.

In previous hearing, a law officer had told the judge that the finance ministry was not releasing the compensation money announced for the affectees of Joseph Colony to the ministry of religious affairs. He had told that the compensation amount would be distributed only among the verified families.

Plea against PU teachers’ appointment dismissed: The LHC dismissed on Friday the petition seeking stay against appointments of three female teachers at Punjab University Institute of Business and Information Technology (IBIT).

PU’s legal adviser, Malik Awais Khalid, contended that the appointments were made on recommendations of selection board and approval would be sought from the syndicate. He said that the appointment order, which had been challenged, was not final and if the aggrieved person had been subjected to injustice, he had the right to file an appeal with the chancellor/governor Punjab.

A petitioner had challenged the appointment of three females teachers at IBIT, saying that the appointments had not been made under rules and regulations. He said that the appointments were made without recommendation of the selection board. The petitioner had requested the court to declare the appointments as illegal. He also sought a stay against these appointments.

Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC heard the case and rejected the petition after hearing both the sides. The court adjourned the proceedings till next hearing.

In March,  2013, an enraged mob torched dozens of houses in Joseph Colony in Badami Bagh police precincts in the provincial capital following allegations of blasphemy against a Christian man. The man was booked under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). It appeared that the man had been falsely accused of blasphemy but the police was forced to register a case to placate the mob, a local police official said.

Speaking to a private television channel, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the accused man was in police custody. Sanaullah said all those involved in the arson would be arrested, adding that his government would try to rehabilitate the affected Christian families.