Pakistan

LHC orders CAA to submit reply in Walton Airport case

Justice Ali Baqar Najafi of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought replies from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other authorities for alleged violation of court order and not allowing flying activities at the Walton airport for eight weeks.

Judge also sought a reply from the respondent till September 27.

The judge was hearing much contempt of court petitions seeking action against the CAA for not implementing the court’s earlier order.

Petitioners submitted that on July 9,  the LHC had directed the CAA to allow the flying operations at the Walton airport initially for eight weeks till the facility was shifted to some new place. He stated that the respondents did not allow the flying operations which were sheer defiance of the court’s order.

He asserted that the respondents committed a contempt of court and were liable to be punished under the law.

The main petitions whereby the LHC judge had allowed the operation were filed on behalf of the Lahore Flying Club, flight instructors at Walton Airport and others. The petitioner initially had challenged the ordinance for taking over the petitioner’s airport being illegal but during the pendency of the petitions, the ordinance was converted into an Act after approval by the provincial assembly.

Counsel had also said that the Walton Airport was also an ideal location for air ambulances in case of any emergency or disaster in the province and within a few minutes travel to major hospitals in Lahore and any unwanted and disastrous situation can be mitigated through the use of above-mentioned land. He said that the CAA had to facilitate the public and not to deprive them.

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