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Important Cases

Barrister Asfandyar Khan v. Government of Punjab, PLD 2018 Lahore 300

In a public interest petition filed before the Hon’ble Lahore High Court, the constitutionality of the offensive words such as “disabled”, “physically handicapped” and “mentally retarded” used in the Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance, 1981 (the “1981 Ordinance”) was challenged on the touchstone of right to life, dignity and equality enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan as well as in the United Nations Convention (CRPD). By allowing the petition through employing the doctrine of severance, Syed Mansoor Ali Shah CJ deleted/struck down the above words from the 1981 Ordinance.

Additionally, the Federal Government as well as the Government of Punjab were directed to discontinue the use these words in official correspondence, directives, notifications and circulars and shift to persons with disabilities or persons with different abilities.

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DH Travels v. Commissioner Enforcement, 2018 PTD 657 [Lahore]

In this tax matter, it was held by Shahid Karim J that where a time barred assessment order is annulled by the Commissioner (Appeals), Punjab Revenue Authority, without going into the facts and merits of the case, the bar of res judicata will not apply, the fresh show-cause notice can be issued.

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Nishat Hotel v. The Province of Punjab, 2019 PTD 2050 [Lahore]

In this constitutional case, heard with various connected cases, the writ petitions challenging the vires of two Validation Acts enacted to cure the defects pointed out in the case of Institute of Architects v. Province of Punjab, PLD 2016 Lahore 321 re establishment and constitution of Punjab Revenue Authority under the Punjab Revenue Authority Act, 2012 were dismissed. Tareen Chambers successfully defended the actions, appointments and tax collections of the Respondent Dept., Punjab Revenue Authority.

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