LAHORE – A Constitutional petition has been filed before the Lahore High Court to question the construction of Liberty Park and Ride Plaza inter alia on the land originally owned by Parks and Horticulture of Authority (PHA) for the development of public park which could not be handed over to the Lahore Development of Authority (LDA) for the construction of said plaza.

The petition has been filed by Linen Shop and five other owners of shops/establishments/offices in Al-Fatah and HKB Streets, Commercial Zone, Liberty, through Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate grieving that they have also been directly affected by the Liberty Parking Plaza.

The petitioners contend, transfer of open space to LDA for constructing the said plaza, was illegal, perversion of procedure, based on malafides, improper, bad in law, unreasonable, and in violation of the fundamental rights promised in the Constitution.

They prayed to the court to declare that the said open space is still in the ownership and control of PHA and that all subsequent transactions or transfers of it by any authority is without any legal jurisdiction and have to be treated as nullity in law.

The developments authorities, PHA and LDA, had no jurisdiction and authority to go into business other than those prescribed in the acts, regulations and rules, therefore the court may cancel all the notification(s) issued by the PHA and the Punjab government purporting to transfer the above space to LDA.

The petitioners also seek cancellation of the notification creating PHA under the Punjab Development of Cities Act 1976 and that parking and other allied facilities may be restored to the petitioners in its original position, as it was before the inauguration of Liberty Park & Ride Plaza.

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