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LHC summons Punjab Assembly secy, chief secy

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday summoned the Punjab Assembly secretary and chief secretary of Punjab for April 28 on a petition filed by the Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) challenging a show-cause notice issued by the Punjab Assembly secretary.

Justice Shujaat Ali Khan passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by the IGP. A counsel on behalf of the IGP argued before the court that the Punjab Assembly secretary had issued a notice to his client over the entry of police into the Punjab Assembly on April 16, whereas the speaker Punjab Assembly had also given a statement of awarding three-month imprisonment to him.

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He argued that the police entered the Punjab Assembly on orders of the deputy speaker whereas the LHC had also given directions to maintain law and order situation. However, Advocate Azhar Siddique, on behalf of the respondent secretary, opposed the petition and submitted that the IGP was bound to reply to the notice as it was issued on the recommendation of the privilege committee. The court, after hearing the arguments, summoned the Punjab Assembly secretary and chief secretary of Punjab for April 28.

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