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LHC hears plea seeking to end VIP protocol

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) bench on Monday heard a petition seeking a court order to cancel protocol provided to VIPs in the country.

The bench issued a notice to the federal government for submitting its reply over the matter by January 23.

The petitioner stated that the funds being paid by the people are public property yet the money was being illegally spent on giving VIP protocol.

“There is no concept of VIP protocol in developed countries,” the petition further said.

The petitioner requested the court to issue an order for an end to this practice in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) before coming into power last year, had vowed to get rid of the culture of VIP protocol. The PTI-led government had banned VIP protocol given by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to influential individuals at airports.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar last year had also directed the police chiefs of the four provinces and Islamabad to immediately withdraw security provided to unauthorised persons.

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