LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a petition against defamation campaign launched by Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and others against Bahria Town Lahore.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing the matter which was fixed as an objection case. The court after hearing the arguments directed that the petition be fixed with another identical petition filed by the Bahria Town and adjourned the hearing until March 17.

The petition was filed by Amjad Nawaz Bhatti and others through counsel Dr Basit, submitting that they were owners of plots in Sector D and E of Bahria Town which were also known as Orchard Phase-II.

They submitted that the respondents including LDA and others had initiated a massive defamation campaign through electronic and print media requesting people to avoid buying plots in sectors D, E and F of Bahria Town Lahore for being developed without approval of any competent authority.

They contended that the LDA did not have authority to take such an action as scheme did not require NoC from LDA.

The petitioners alleged that the Punjab government, which was under control of a politically hostile regime, formed a criminal conspiracy to damage standing of Bahria Town.

They submitted that the prices of plots had decreased due to this defamation campaign.

The petitioners pleaded the court to issue directions to LDA for terminating the campaign. They also requested the court to direct LDA to refrain from exercising control on Bahria Town.