LHC censures leaders for ‘false’ promises to the homeless
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has taken exception to ‘unfounded promises’ of political leaders to provide homes to the shelter-less at public meetings for political gains and called it “political jugglery”.
Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi was hearing a civil revision petition when it transpired that the chairman of Municipal Committee of Toba Tek Singh signed an agreement to allot some pieces of land to people with no authority to do so.
The judge expressed concern when he went through a copy of the agreement that mentioned “Izzat ma’ab (honourable) prime minister” and “Izzat ma’ab (honourable) chief minister” while indicating directions for allotment of some plots in Jinnah Housing Colony-2, Toba Tek Singh.
When asked as to what authority the prime minister or chief minister had to order allotment of plots to people, an additional advocate general said a Board of Revenue member issued directions earmarking a chunk of land for further distribution to some people after its division into plots.
However, the law officer and others failed to justify the member’s direction for allotments.
The judge noted that no scheme had been shown to have been approved by the Board of Revenue in this regard and nothing notified to authorise the Municipal Committee chairman to enter into any contract or agreement or sign any allotment letter.
“It all seems jugglery on political side. Political heads of the federation and province are used to making promises in different public meetings and then by means of such fake and sham proceedings, poor shelter-less citizens are being provided a ray of hope for provision of their shelters,” Justice Lodhi remarked.
He said for all practical purposes, such promises and even allotment orders made in black and white were not being given any effect and the persons subjected to such “miseries” are left to enter into a protracted litigation.
The judge observed that the civil revision petition was just one example of such attitude adopted by the people who mattered to poor citizens. He said such practices must be discouraged and political personalities holding public offices refrain from making unfounded promises.
The judge directed the counsel for the Municipal Committee to produce all records of the case by Oct 7.
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