LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Wednesday asked a deputy attorney general to inform the court about the law that did not allow the conversion of the Governor’s House to an educational institute. Justice Shams Mahmood Mirza was hearing a petition seeking conversion of the 35-acre property into an educational institution. Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafri, the petitioner, told the court that the governor’s post was symbolic. He said the premises allocated for his residence was disproportionately large. He said maintaining a huge residence for the governor in a country where children did not get education was a shame. The lawyer asked the court to order the federal government to convert the Governor’s House into an educational institution. A deputy attorney general told the court that the status of the Governor’s House could not be changed due to its historical significance.
The judge asked the law officer to cite a law to this effect at the next hearing on February 9.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2015.