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Court seeks AAG’s help

Updated August 08, 2013

LAHORE, Aug 7: The Lahore High Court sought on Wednesday the assistance of an additional attorney general (AAG) on a petition challenging appointment of former British national and parliamentarian Chaudhry Sarwar as Punjab governor.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey challenged the appointment and stated that Sarwar did not have adequate education and as such did not have knowledge about the province.

The petitioner said that Sarwar came to Pakistan by surrendering his British nationality, but he could regain his nationality under the Regaining British Citizenship Act.

He said Sarwar was almost an alien to this region and in these circumstances incompetent to run the affairs of the province.

He said that Sarwar left the country to earn money and obtain the British nationality and such a person could not be sincere to this land.

Barrister Jaffrey prayed to the court that the appointment of Chaudhry Sarwar should be declared as unconstitutional.

The court will resume hearing on Sept 9.

ADJOURNED: The Lahore High Court adjourned on Wednesday the hearing of a petition challenging a ban on the access of a famous video sharing website, YouTube, controlled by Google.

The federal minister for information technology and the additional secretary were directed to appear before court on Wednesday, but the court was told that the minister had gone to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

The court postponed hearing till Sept 19 when the minister as well as the additional secretary will appear in person before court.

The court also allowed advocate Mohammad Azhar Siddique and Syed Iqtidar Haider to become parties in the case.

A local NGO, Bytes for All, had filed the petition for withdrawal of the ban imposed by the previous government on the Youtube in Pakistan after the Google administration had refused to remove blasphemous stuff from the website.

The NGO pleaded that the impugned ban was amounted to infringe fundamental rights to reading and knowledge. It said a large number of people had been affected by the ban.