LAHORE: On Friday, the Lahore High Court reserved its judgement on a petition calling for the arrest and detention of PML-N staff, reportedly to prohibit them from engaging in a public meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement on Sunday in Minar-i-Pakistan.
Representative of PML-N Lawyers’ Forum Rafaqat Dogar filed the petition and pleaded that complainants had been made by patwaris in the cases reported against the party staff.
“On a lighter note, Justice Chaudhry Mushtaq Ahmad observed that a generation of patwaris were groomed in “purana Pakistan” and then used in “naya Pakistan” for the same work.
Punjab Attorney General (AG) Ahmad Awais notified the court that no wrongful arrest had been made and that judicial action was being taken against the violators of the law. He rejected the petitioner’s locus standi, arguing he was not an aggrieved person.
Azam Nazir Tarar, counsel for the plaintiff, argued, however, that any person may approach the court for the protection of fundamental rights. He claimed that the party members had been held in unlawful custody and that the AG had come to court without receiving specifics of the cases against the employees.
Mr Awais said it was the state’s fundamental duty to protect the lives and property of its people. He argued that the breach of the Covid-19 protocols must be submitted to cases.
The judge reserved the judgement after considering the claims.