LHC orders govt to pay school fees of kiln workers

Court told PTI govt failed to continue with project


Our Correspondent March 29, 2019
Traditional brick kilns to be closed for 70 days. PHOTO: File

LAHORE: Justice Rasaal Hasan of the Lahore High Court directed the labour secretary to take appropriate measures to pay the school fee of children working in brick kilns.

The judge passed the order on a petition seeking directions for the Punjab government to pay the fee as continuation of a scheme launched by PML-N during its tenure. As proceedings commenced, Advocate Syed Farhad Ali Shah told the court that the PML-N government had launched a programme under which children working at brick kilns would be given the chance to obtain an education.

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He said the fee of the children had been paid to the concerned schools, but the Pakistan Tehree-e-Insaf (PTI) government failed to continue with the project after coming into power. The lawyer stated that these circumstances were regrettable and against moral values. He asked the court to direct the Punjab government to pay the fee of the children.

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The petitioner's counsel contended that his client had been suffering from four different diseases in jail. He added Abbasi is a heart patient.

In July 2018, a special court sentenced Abbasi to life in prison and imposed a fine of Rs1 million in an eight-year-old ephedrine quota case.

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