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LHC stops auction of Toshakhana gifts

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ( LHC) on Tuesday stopped the federal government from auction of Toshakhana gifts, being held on November 25.
LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by Advocate Adnan Paracha challenging the auction of Toshakhana gifts.
The petitioner-counsel argued before the court that the gifts given to the president , prime minister and ministers by other heads of states were put in Toshakhana of Cabinet Division. He submitted that these gifts were being auctioned without any legal backing and only government officers were allowed to participate in it. He pleaded
with the court to stop the illegal auction being held on November 25.
However, a deputy attorney general argued that the auction process had been initiated as per rules.
At this, the chief justice questioned the law officer whether the auction was advertised or not.
He observed that the auction process was a violation of Article 25 of the Constitution.
Subsequently, the chief justice stopped the federal government from auction and sought reply till December 9.

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M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.