LHC dismisses plea seeking compensation for damages during protests


LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking compensation for the damage caused to the public property during the protests by the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

LHC’s Justice Atir Mahmood observed that the petition filed by Abdullah Malik of the Civil Society Network was non-maintainable.

During the proceedings, the petitioner’s counsel said that the protection of people’s lives and the property was the responsibility of the government. Public and private property was damaged during the TLP protests and the government was bound to compensate the losses of citizens, he added.

He requested the court to order the federal and provincial governments to determine the losses and pay compensation to the citizens.

The court after hearing initial arguments reserved its verdict on the maintainability of the petition for some time but later dismissed it declaring it non-maintainable.