The Lahore state supreme court banned use of plastic bags in the slightest degree mega stores within the provincial metropolis and gave them 15-days deadline to fits the order and switch to alternative shopping bags.
Justice Shahid Karim passed the order on an application moved by Haroon Farooq seeking a direction to the Punjab Government to legislate on banning use, manufacture and sale of polythene bags and introduce a necessary legislation during this regard. During the hearing petitioner’s counsel Barrister Abuzar Salman Niazi told the court that in October 2019, the provincial Chief Secretary had given an undertaking to a full bench in a very separate case that the government would introduce law on prohibition of polythene bags. However the said nothing had been done thus far by the government. He argued that the acts and omissions of the government were in clear violation of Article 9 and 14 of the constitution, which house fundamental rights of citizens.
Plastic Bags Banned
The counsel contended that being most thickly populated province, the polythene bags were utilized in Punjab in great variety and large numbers. As per newest research of local and international organisations, he said the polythene bags were found to own been a reason for major environment disasters. He explained to the court that these bags, regardless of thickness, could cause sewerage system damage, spread of diseases/epidemics, soil pollution, floods, eventually resulting in severe environment pollution and human health upset in both urban and rural areas of Punjab.
He said the plastic bags were’t only dangerous for human health but also hazardous to animal and aquatic life. He realized that the stores surpass cantonment boards had already abandoned plastic bags and switched to rags. Barrister Niazi asked the court to direct the provincial government to right was ban manufacturing, sale and usage of polythene bags within the province and to introduce a replacement legislation providing for an entire ban. After hearing the arguments, Justic Karim observed that the plastic bags were a serious reason for environment pollution.
As a primary step, the judge restrained all mega stores from using plastic bags and switch to environment friendly material within 15 days. He also directed a lawman to make sure compliance of the order and adjourned hearing till the following Friday.
The Lahore state supreme court sought replies from Punjab Chief Secretary and other respondents on a petition by a communication & works department’s superintendent engineer against denial of promotion in BS-20. Petitioner Abdul Khaliq submitted through a counsel hat he had been treated discriminatory by the authorities as several officers junior to him had been promoted since 2016.
He alleged that he had denied promotion for not having any political background . Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti directed respondents to submit their replies by next week.