Lahore (February 11, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday ordered the removal of security barricades from several key sites in Lahore, including the residences of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
The orders came on Sunday as a three-member apex court bench began hearing its suo motu case on several issues of public welfare, including provision of clean drinking water, for which Shehbaz was present in the court’s Lahore Registry.
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The court ordered the authorities to remove barricades outside Nawaz’s Jati Umra residence, Shehbaz’s Model Town residence and office, Governor House, Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the residence and seminary — Jamia Al Qadsia — of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, residence of late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Station, passport office and other sites.The chief justice also directed the home department to assure the bench that the barricades will be removed by midnight tonight.
When the additional home secretary explained to the court that the barricades have been erected due to security concerns, the chief justice remarked, “I have threats too, you should alert your forces”.
The chief justice observed further that it will review the issue of barricades outside offices of security agencies and then make a decision on their removal.