LAHORE – Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry Thursday issued notice for July 1 to the Punjab government and the Secretary Housing, Planning and Development to seek their reply to a petition questioning the Punjab government’s Ashiana Housing Scheme.
The petition against the scheme was moved by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree to question the allotments conducted for the houses under the said scheme. The petitioner contended that the step of providing houses at an affordable price to the poor people is indeed a good step which would also go a long way to meet the residential needs of the people belonging to the lower stratum of the society. Yet, he alleges, that the allotment being conducted under the scheme is not transparent and fair as government favorites are being gratified and given houses while deserving and really needy people left out. He contends that allotment of the houses on the basis of personal liking would not serve the real purpose of the scheme. He prayed to the court to pass a direction to the respondents to infuse transparency and equity in the scheme so that actual deserving people could benefit from it.

Meanwhile, a Division Bench of Lahore High court on Thursday issued notice to the registrar of the same Court on a petition which has called in question the authority of LHC Administration Committee to reverse orders passed by a former chief justice while exercising review powers. The bench also asked the registrar of the LHC to file reply to the petition filed by Johnson Bernard, a LHC officer, whose two advance increments were denied by the committee which he contends, without lawful authority.The counsel submitted that in year 1997 the then LHC Chief Justice Sheikh Riaz awarded two advance increments to his private secretaries including the petitioner and Rana Sharif However, after Chief Justice Sheikh Riaz was elevated to Supreme Court the matter was put before LHC Admin Committee which rejected his order for increments.