The Supreme Court on Monday imposed Rs1 lakh fine on a citizen who failed to give Haq Mehar to his wife and directed him to ensure payment of Rs5 lakh to his wife within a month.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, while hearing the matter, directed proceedings against the spouse if he fails to give his wife Rs5 lakh Haq Mehar.Addressing the counsel for the petitioner, the CJP asked him if he did not adhere to Pakistan’s law. At least, he should respect the Islamic principles that stress Haq Mehar, which is the right of a wife. The counsel submitted that his client had two wives.The court directed the petitioner to ensure within 30 days the payment of Rs5 lakh as Haq Mehar after informing the family court concerned and submission of documents and dismissed his application.

CJP concerned at IIU affairs, writes to President

Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa has expressed concerns over the maladministration of the International Islamic University.

He has suggested that the file related to the appointment of vice-president (administration) of the university be presented for consideration of board members at the upcoming meeting of the Board of Trustees.

In letters addressed to the president of Pakistan/Chancellor and others, the chief justice emphasised that the maladministration has adversely affected the university’s standards and international status in Islamic ethos.

Highlighting the lack of meetings, the CJP stated: “The university did not hold the stipulated minimum number of meetings, with the last meeting taking place almost three and a half years ago, on June 30, 2020.”

However, he acknowledged that the president of Pakistan, as the chancellor of the university, has called a meeting of the Board of Trustees for November 30, 2023 in response to his concerns.

Expressing a desire to improve the standards of universities he is affiliated with, the chief justice stated that he sought information about the International Islamic University in a letter dated September 22, 2023. Unfortunately, the requested information was not provided, even after a reminder sent on October 13, 2023.

The chief justice expressed concern about the non-disclosure of information, suggesting potential wrongdoing and a cover-up by Nabi Bux Jumani, the Vice-President (Administration), who was appointed in June 2020 for three months. The chief justice noted that Jumani continues to hold office, seemingly in disobedience to judgments of the Islamabad High Court.

Considering the prevailing state of affairs at the university intolerable, the CJP emphasized that if the university is run at the behest of employees who refuse to provide information, and such disobedience is ignored, everyone involved becomes equally responsible for the university’s further deterioration.

The chief justice said that his letters dated September 22, 2023, and October 13, 2023, be included in the agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the Board of Trustees. Similarly, he urged that the university’s file related to Jumani’s appointment and service, along with the decisions of the Islamabad High Court, be made available for the consideration of board members.

LHC orders two weekly offs for Punjab educational institutions

In a bid to help curb smog, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the government to implement two days weekly off for public schools, colleges and universities and all other educational institutions till the end of January next year, the Geo News reported.

View of the LHC building in Lahore. — LHC website

The LHC also ordered two-day work from home imposed on private-sector companies. LHC’s Justice Shahid Karim issued the directives in a three-page order on pleas seeking the court’s intervention in tackling smog in the province. The order acknowledged that the caretaker Punjab government had “announced measures such as closure of schools and colleges on Saturdays,” in line with the court directives. However, the court noted that the notification should not have been issued under the provisions of the Punjab Infectious Diseases (Prevention and Control) Act, 2020. It added that the Lahore deputy commissioner’s decision to issue the notification under the Punjab National Calamities (Prevention and Relief) Act, 1958 should have been taken into consideration.

The court explained that the 1958 law was appropriate and that could be used to “place a restriction on the movements of public and to close and shut down schools and colleges”. “It is, therefore, directed that any such notification to be issued either by the Secretary, Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab, or by the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Lahore, shall be issued in consultation with the Members of the Commission. Further, it is directed that the notification shall mention at least closure of public schools, colleges and universities and all educational institutions for each Saturday till the end of January 2024,” said the order.

The court also ordered that two-day work from home should be imposed on private sector companies and ordered the exclusion of gyms from the notification as it was a “continuation of Covid-19 restrictions”.


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2023-11-21

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