LAHORE, July 3: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Wednesday appointed Advocate Azhar Siddique as amicus curie to assist court on a petition seeking enforcement of constitutional obligation of provincial government to hold local government election within stipulated time.
The CJ asked Advocate Siddique to assist the court on the responsibility of the provincial government to hold the local polls under Articles 32 and 140-A of the Constitution.
Travel Shop and other tour operators filed the application through Advocate Azhar Siddique and stated that only 12 in the list of top 58 newly-enrolled HGOs displayed on the website of the ministry possessed Umrah licenses for the year 2012.
The counsel pointed out that without such licenses Umrah service could not be provided, therefore, the remaining 46 companies were not eligible to compete for allocation of quota.
said a similar exercise of top 66 newly-enrolled HGOs was undertaken by the ministry for Haj 2012.
pointed out that except one defaulting company, the remaining 65 had Umrah licenses and a substantial experience in the field.
The counsel pointed out that only eight of the said toppers for Haj 2012 were included in the current ranking of 58 HGOs.
alleged that the ranking made by the ministry was unfair and prejudiced.
further alleged that defect was meant actually to tarnish and scuttle the bidding process closing on July 7.