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SC disposes of LDA city housing scheme case

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LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) today disposed of LDA City Housing Scheme case after it was assured that affectees would be given land.
The bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard an application by DG LDA seeking permission for procurement and transfer of land for LDA city by the development partners. At the outset of proceedings, Provincial Minister for Housing, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, who was a member of the committee formed to ensure the provision of land or payment of compensation to the affectees of the housing scheme, appeared before the bench.
He submitted that the government was looking into the matter and devised a practical solution to the problem. He submitted that as many as 9000 persons had files of LDA city plots. So far, 58,000 kanals land had been acquired but it was in scattered form and the project could not be completed till acquiring the remaining land, he added.
However, the minister said Phase-I of the housing scheme could be developed on 13500 kanals land as 9000 kanals land had been acquired already whereas remaining 4500 kanals land could be acquired through development partners to adjust the affectees.
He submitted that the process would be completed in a few months. Subsequently, the bench disposed of the matter in the light of the statement made by the minister. On last hearing, the court had formed a committee which comprised provincial housing minister and others for resolution of the issue and sought a report within ten days.

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PHA DG orders making water-coolers in parks functional

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LAHORE: Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Director General Ghulam Fareed on Thursday ordered all directors of the authority to make sure that water-coolers in all parks should be in good working condition in the summer season.
According to the PHA sources here, the DG also directed the officials concerned to ensure that the filters installed on the water-coolers were functioning properly.
He said that cleanliness of parks and green-belts must be improved further and added that the PHA would make all possible efforts to provide the best facilities to people.

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Shehbaz, Hamza seek exemptions from personal appearance

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LAHORE: An accountability court here has reserved its verdict on applications filed on behalf of Hamza Shehbaz and Shehbaz Sharif, seeking exemption from their personal appearances in the hearing of Ramzan Sugar Mills and Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme cases.

The applications have mentioned that Shehbaz was abroad and Hamza has been feeling unwell, and therefore both of the accused could not appear for the hearing today.

On Wednesday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) extended Hamza’s interim bail in three different cases, Ramzan Sugar Mills, Saaf Pani Company and assets beyond known sources of income, till May 22.

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Police targeted at Data Darbar, 3 killed

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LAHORE: An explosion here today targeting police personnel deployed at Data Darbar took a toll of three lives.

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