During his visit at the Badshahi Mosque and the Allama Iqbal's mausoleum on Saturday, the chief justice Lahore High Court (LHC) took notice of the poor maintenance at the mosque and directed the secretary Auqaf government of Punjab to ensure proper cleanliness and initiate repair works.
The chief justice expressed his discontent on the poor cleanliness conditions prevailing in the mosque. Irshad Ullah Rana, Secretary to LHC chief justice, wrote in a letter to the secretary Aukaf, "The chief justice observed that the front walls of the mosque were covered with dense layers of moss/algae and the distemper of the side walls of the stairs , leading to the room where tabbarakat have been exhibited, is in a dilapidated condition," The chief justice desired immediate repair works and directed that a committee comprising of seasoned officers be constituted to ensure proper maintenance of the tabbarakat. However, utmost care and caution be observed for the safety of the historic articles, the CJ ordered. The letter's copy has been forwarded to the chief minister Punjab, director general archeology department Punjab and the administrator of the Badshahi Mosque.
The CJ was surprised to know the famous Moti Masjid situated inside the fort was closed and the visitors were deprived of the historic mosque. The chief justice also directed the secretary Auqaf to submit a compliance and progress report regarding repair and maintenance of the mosque at the earliest.