SC forms two-member commission to probe


Orange Line train project issue

Never said people should rise up against the government, clarifies CJP

Islamabad—The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday has formed a two-member independent commission to review the report NESPAK regarding preservation of heritage sites during the construction of Orange Line train project, meanwhile Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Anwar Zaheer Jamali termed the coverage of Thursday‘s proceeding ‘irresponsible‘and clarified that he never said that people should stand up against the government.
While hearing the case pertaining to the Punjab government’s Orange Line Metro Train project, the Chief Justice made it clear that no judge can give such irresponsible remarks in the courtroom.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heading five-judge larger bench went on to say that he only asked people to vote the right person as it is for the people who vote the rulers to power.
During course of hearing the petitioner and other respondents submitted names of three technical experts each to the bench who would advise the bench regarding technical matters in the case.
However both parties disagreed over the names of experts, due to that bench formed two member independent Commission. The Commission would examine the Nespak reports under the Archeology laws 1975 and 1985.
The commission comprising Professor of Archeology Robbin Kingham and Private Consulting Engineering Company has been directed by the top court that commission would submit a report within a month after reviewing the Nespak’s report over Orange Line train project. The financial expenses would afford by provincial government, SC ruled.
Top Court adjourned further hearing of the case without announcing any fix date.
The apex court is hearing the appeals of the Punjab government, Lahore Development Authority (LDA), the Punjab Mass Transit Authority and Nespak against the Lahore High Court’s verdict regarding ban on the construction work within 200 feet of 11 heritage Lahore.—SABAH