Treat people with respect, CJP tells NAB Lahore chief

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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned the record of the Greater Lahore Society case this week.
The summons were issued as the CJP took up the case for hearing at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry.
“Some people are using the societies for their own purposes,” remarked the CJP.
Former caretaker Punjab law minister Zia Haider Rizvi told the court that he had been called to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore and requested the CJP to have his case in NAB closed.
The CJP replied, “I cannot do that, but I can say that they complete their investigation in one week and free you. I have asked the DG NAB [Shahzad Saleem] to treat people with respect.”
Justice Nisar said people were sitting like snakes in society and when they were transferred, they started looking for political references. He ordered the DG NAB Lahore to treat Zia Haider with respect when he came.
In the Auqaf Department’s money-collection case, the CJP expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the Auqaf secretary, saying that offerings worth Rs850 million was collected annually and spent in the garb of salaries.
“Where is the chief secretary? If the Auqaf secretary cannot do the work, he should leave his post. The bathrooms at mosques are in a dilapidated condition,” remarked the CJP. “People don’t give donations for your salaries.”
CJP Nisar ordered the Auqaf secretary to complete the investigations regarding usage of donations within one week and also directed a policy to be made in this regard.
In Nalain Mubarak theft case, the CJP summoned the joint investigation team members this week.
He said, “The theft of Nailan Pak is a matter of faith. Such an important thing was stolen and we did not even know about it.”
The Auqaf secretary said that an FIR had been registered.
The CJP said, “It is not an ordinary case where one registers a case and sits. There is more work to do. Sixteen years have passed. The matter must be resolved at the earliest.”
He ordered completion of a report and its submission with the court.
On an application of Azhar Siddique Advocate against allotment of plots to private school owners by the Punjab government, the Lahore Development Authority and other parties, the CJP ordered a report to be submitted.
He remarked that the case would be heard along with that of extra fees being charged by local schools today (Monday).
The applicant said that the LDA sold plots to private school owners at throwaway prices and details should be sought in this regard.
Meanwhile, the CJP issued orders for restoration of the United Christian Hospital (UCH) Lahore, saying that he would go to every extent for the restoration of the hospital.
The UCH was a good hospital by the Christian community for the citizens, which had turned into ruins.
The CJP ordered the Punjab chief secretary to present a plan for the restoration of the hospital within a week and ordered the UCH Trust to cooperate with the Punjab government.
Separately, the CJP refused to accept an offer from a mentally-challenged person who wanted to give all his property for the dam fund. However, the CJP ordered that arrangements be made for the treatment of the person.