Demolition of imambargah: LHC seeks explanation from home secretary

LAHORE: Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday sought an explanation from the Punjab home secretary for allegedly failing to resolve the demolition issue of a 300-year old imambargah despite a court order.

A Shia leader, Syed Abid Ali Shamsi, had moved the petition. The petitioner challenged the demolition of the historical building established by his elders on part of Haveli Mian Khan.

He said the LHC on December 22 directed the home secretary to take notice of the issue and resolve it in seven days.

He alleged that he had approached the secretary on numerous occasions, but no progress had been made so far despite a lapse of 24 days that was tantamount to contempt of court.

The petitioner alleged that a group of land grabbers led by Ammad Mushtaq not only demolished the Imambargah in violation of a court order, but also started constructing a commercial plaza on the site. He requested the court to direct the secretary to hold an inquiry into the matter and restore the imambargah in its original position.

On December 22, the home secretary had appeared before the court and said that the petitioner had not approached his office through a proper application.

The judge had directed the secretary to treat the petition as an application and address his grievances without any delay.

Daily Times