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- Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - From Print Edition




HEARING a contempt petition, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Monday summoned ministry of religious affairs secretary for not allowing Haj quota to new tour operators.


Petitioners’ counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique told the court that the ministry was not allocating quota to new tour operators despite court order and making an undertaking before the court.


During the hearing, a law officer told the court that Islamabad High Court had issued a stay order against the awarding quota to new tour operators.


Petitioners’ counsel strongly rebutted it and said IHC had not issued any such order and the law officer was trying to mislead the court. The CJ expressed displeasure over it and summoned Secretary Muhammad Azam Samma for today (Tuesday).


15 judges transferred: The Lahore High Court on Monday made transfers and postings of 15 additional district and sessions judges.


According to a LHC notification, the AD&SJs who were transferred included Ashfaq Mahmood Sheikh, from Hafizabad to Jaranwala, Shaukat Kamal, from Jaranwala to Lahore, Shahid Mahmood, from Layyah to Bahawalpur, Khalid Mahmood Bhatti, from Bahawalpur to Lahore, Abdul Rehman, from Liaquatpur to Muzaffargarh, Ghaffar Mehtab, from Muzaffargarh to Bhalwal, Qamar Ijaz, from Bhalwal to Khanewal, Sajjad Hussain Sindhar, from Khanewal to Lahore, Muhammad Shafiq, from Phalia to Khanpur, Waseem-ur-Rehman Khan, from Khanpur to Lahore, Muhammad Kaleem Khan, from Rawalpindi to Lahore, Kh Muhammad Ajmal, from Sadiqabad to Taunsa Sharif, Muhammad Aslam, from Taunsa Sharif to Sadiqabad, Mushtaq Ahmad, from Bahawalpur to Mianchannu and Nasir Hussain from Minachannu to Bahawalpur.