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LHC gives Punjab government time to implement SC verdict on LGs restoration

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned hearing of pe­titions seeking implementation of Supreme Court orders for restora­tion of local governments institu­tions in Punjab, till July 28.

Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the petitions filed by former lord may­or Col (retd) Mubashar and others.

At the start of proceedings, Chief Secretary Punjab Jawad Rafique Malik and Local Government De­partment Secretary Noorul Amin Mengal appeared before the court.

To a court query, the chief secre­tary submitted that a notification had been issued about the forma­tion of a committee for delibera­tion on Supreme Court orders for restoration of local government institutions. He submitted that the committee would hold review meetings every Friday and would prepare its recommendations.

At this, the court sought a re­port in this regard, adding that it would be better if the earlier reply was withdrawn.

To this, an additional advocate general Punjab withdrew the reply filed on behalf of the government.

The court remarked that it was restoring funds for salaries, pensions and other works of local government institutions whereas funds for developmen­tal projects would remain fro­zen. The court adjourned fur­ther hearing till July 28.

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