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December 21, 2011

Indian prisoner’s case adjourned

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December 21, 2011

LAHORE
THE Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing on a petition, seeking release and inclusion of Indian prisoner Surjit Singh’s name in the list of foreigner prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails even after completing their jail terms.
On Tuesday, a deputy attorney general appeared before the court and informed it that the matter was related to the Ministry of Interior and had been forwarded to it. He said the petitioner should make the ministry as necessary party (respondent) in the petition to enable the court to seek reply from it. At this, the court directed the petitioner to make the Interior Ministry respondent and adjourned the hearing till January 11. Petitioner Awais Sheikh advocate has requested the court to issue directions to the secretary of foreign affairs and superintendent of the Central Jail Lahore to include name of Surjit Singh alias Makhan Singh in the list of foreigner prisoners who had already completed their jail term. He submitted that he had a meeting with superintendent Jail who admitted that Surjit Singh was in his jail and had spent 10 years more than 25 years of his jail term. The superintendent Central Jail had already informed the court that life sentence of Surjit had expired on October 30, 2010 and he was being treated as lifer convicted prisoner under general amnesty. Inspector General of Punjab prisons on November 02 had presented a list of 74 foreigner prisoners, 32 among them Indians, who were languishing in Pakistani jails despite completing their jail term.
Plea rejected: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday turned down the Punjab government’s request and refused to vacate stay against construction of a postgraduate block of the Government Muslim Degree College for Women Narowal on a private residential and agricultural property. A provincial law officer and land acquisition officer appeared before Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and requested the judge to withdraw his stay order and allow the government

to continue the construction. The judge took strong notice of misuse of Section 17(4) of the Land Acquisition Act by the government in the instant case and observed that the section could only be invoked only in critical situations. Justice Shah directed the government to file a detailed reply and apprise the court as to how proceedings of Section 17(4) was completed without informing the land owners. The judge adjourned further hearing till Jan 23.
Mehboob Ali and eight others had filed a petition against the alleged illegal construction on a land measuring 76 kanal and 19 marlas. They alleged that revenue and education departments, through a secret notification, had acquired their precious land.
They alleged that a PML-N MNA was pressing the provincial and district authorities to illegally obtain their land despite the fact that vacant land of government was also available in the area. They prayed to the court to declare the notification for acquisition of their land illegal.

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