Arguments sought in Haqqani lie detection case


LHC Justice Umar Ata Bandial, while hearing a case against former Pakistan ambassador for US Hussain Haqani on Tuesday directed petitioner counsel to give his arguments in details on December 19 regarding ‘reliability’ of poly-graphic lie detection test to get a “true” statement from the accused person.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffery for poly-graphic lie detection test of Hussain Haqani in the Memogate scandal. The petitioner also requested the court to place Haqqani’s name on the Exit Control List (ECL) so that he would not be able to flee the country like Raymond Davis.
He said under Section 164 of Evidence Act, lie detection tests are the lawful method to collect evidence in cases where proof of offence is insufficient.
EXTENDED: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan on Tuesday directed counsels for all parties to the case to appear in court on December 19 for final arguments on the matter of fuel adjustment charges on electricity bills.
The court also extended stay against recovery of fuel adjustment charges in electricity bills till December 19.
The court was hearing over 700 identical petitions challenging recovery of fuel adjustment charges levied on electricity bills of industrial and domestic consumers.
The petitions were filed by Gulshan Spinning Mills and others industrial units, naming as respondents WAPDA, NEPRA and others against recovery of fuel adjustment charges for the past months by retrospective billing.
REPLY SOUGHT FROM JOHAR TOWN SHO IN SAPNA KHAN CASE: Additional District and Session Judge Aziz Ulah Khan on Tuesday sought reply from Johar Town Police Station (P/S) station house officer (SHO) on a petition filed by Ameen Khan, brother of actress Sapna Khan, seeking registration of a criminal case against former Punjab chief minister Dost Muhammad Khosa and his henchmen. Petitioner prayed the court to pass an order for the registration of a criminal case against said un-known persons. The court sought reply from Johar Town P/S SHO on the petition for December 16.
LHC ASKS FOR NOTIFICATION IN CNG LOAD SHEDDING CASE: LHC on Tuesday directed the counsels for Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and Sui-Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to submit in court the notification for the three-days a week CNG load shedding, and the complete schedule for gas-cuts today (Wednesday).
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order on a writ petition filed by the association of CNG filling stations on Monday, challenging three-day weekly load shedding of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas).
The judge adjourned the hearing and directed that the two counsels of OGRA and SNGPL produce the notification and the record of load shedding details on Wednesday.
The association prayed to court to set aside the three-day weekly load shedding of CNG by declaring it unconstitutional and a violation of the fundamental rights of citizens.
MEDICAL COLLEGE EXAM TO BE STAYED, PETITION FILED: An application was moved in LHC on Tuesday for a stay order against professional part-1 MBBS examinations of four newly-established, as yet “unrecognised”, government medical colleges being held by health sciences (UHS) unlawfully on December 19.
The application was filed by Noshab Khan, whose main petition id pending in the court of LHC Chief Justice Azmat Saeed against the four medial collages.
The petitioner submitted in his petition that the Punjab government inaugurated four medical colleges without recognition of the PMDC for validation of medical qualifications.
JUDICIAL REMAND IN M/S KANAL MOTORS CASE EXTENDED: An accountability court on Tuesday extended the judicial remand of Hafiz Usman Yousaf, Rana Qaisar Nazeer, Muhammad Anwar Khan, Mohsin Abbasi and Ahsan Abbasi directors of M/s: Kanal Motors till December 27.
Accused being the executives of M/s: Kanal Motors offered attractive packages of profit on investment in sale and purchase of cars. In this way they colleted 1.2 million rupees from public at large and transferred the looted money into accounts of Benamidars.
The court while extending the remand directed NAB authorities to file the reference against accused by the next date of hearing.
REPLY SOUGHT ON VIP LOUNGE AT LAHORE AIRPORT: LHC on Tuesday sought reply from civil aviation authority (CAA) within two weeks on a petition challenging the construction of a VIP lounge/shed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan passed the order on a petition filed by Ahmed Ali Ranja through his counsel Khwaja Saeed-al-Zafar.
The petitioner contended that the airport of Lahore, due to its classic architecture had become part of Pakistan’s heritage, which was now being distorted by the airport authorities by construction of a VIP shed.
The court sought reply from the CAA and adjourned the matter for two weeks.