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- Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - From Print Edition




THE Lahore High Court Chief Justice on Monday sought personal appearance of the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs, for September 11 (today) for not complying with the court orders regarding the allotment of quota to new Haj Group Organisers.


New HGOs through their counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique filed a writ petition seeking the implementation of court’s earlier orders. He submitted that the ministry was deliberately delaying the process of allotment of quota to petitioners. He pointed out that the ministry had not yet awarded the quota to petitioners despite the clear orders of the court. The petitioners told the court that at least 15 contempt petitions had been filed against the Secretary and officials concerned for violating the court orders, but authorities were still in a mood to defy directions.


They requested the court to get implemented its orders in favour of the petitioners besides initiating the contempt proceedings against the officials concerned. After recording arguments, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial directed the Secretary, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Chaudhry Muhammad Azam Samma to appear in person before the court on Tuesday (today).


The Chief Justice also directed the Registrar Office to consolidate all contempt petitions against the officials of the ministry and fix them for hearing for Tuesday (today). In an another petition challenging the removal of many names of the persons voluntarily appointed for the provision of services and assistance to Pakistani pilgrims at Saudi Arabia, Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan sought reply from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.