Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh of Lahore High Court on Thursday sought further arguments on a petition seeking conversion of the Governor’s House, measuring 35 acres, into an educational institution.
Petitioner Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree stated that the court had earlier directed 10 respondents to appear personally or through counsel. However, he said, they had not complied with the order.
“The area allocated to the Governor’s House is useless and unjustified. The government is spending millions of rupees on maintaining the residence at a time when hundreds of thousands of children are unable to get education due to poverty,” he said. He requested the LHC to order the federal government to set up an educational institution at the Governor’s House. Earlier, the deputy attorney general had said that the status of the Governor’s House could not be changed due to its historical significance. He had requested the court to reject the petition.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2015.