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April 4, 2020

Court moved against judicial officers transfers

Lahore

April 4, 2020

LAHORE:The Lahore High Court has been requested to withdraw transfer and posting orders of judicial officers of the district judiciary of the Punjab in the wake of Coronavirus lockdown.

Munir Ahmad, a lawyer, submitted in a petition that the LHC registrar recently issued different notifications about transfer/posting of district & sessions judges, additional district & sessions judges and civil judges in the province. He questioned transfers of officers and staff working in the Lahore High Court establishment.

The petitioner pleaded that these transfers/postings were against the policy of Coronavirus lockdown and meant to cause disturbance to the families due to the restriction on the movement.

He requested the court to immediately withdraw the impugned notifications as well as all postings/transfers of the judicial officers and staff of the LHC establishment in light of complete lockdown in the country due to looming crisis of Covid-19.

He asked the court to restrain the authority concerned from issuing anymore notifications about postings/transfers of any sort until and unless the pandemic is over.

safety kits: A petition has been filed with the Lahore High Court for the provision of Coronavirus safety kits to sanitary workers and medical facilities equal to other frontline officials performing duties to eradicate the pandemic.

Human Liberation Commission of Pakistan’s chairman Aslam Pervez Sahotra filed the petition saying the sanitary workers have been performing their duties in streets and on roads so they are fully exposed to the risk of being infected by the deadly virus.

He stated that the government was providing the safety kits and other necessary equipment to all staff members who are performing duties in hospitals and police personnel. However, he said the sanitary workers were helpless as the authorities were not taking serious steps for their safety.

The petitioner argued that the non-provision of the safety kits to the sanitary workers was a discrimination and against their fundamental rights.

He asked the court to order the provincial government to ensure provision of corona safety kits to the sanitary workers and treat them equally to the doctors, paramedical and other officials performing their duties as frontline workers.