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OLMT case: Supreme court dismisses Lahore High court verdit

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Supreme court of Pakistan has dismissed the Lahore High court verdict in Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) case.

The proceedings regarding the project had begun in the Supreme Court after the Punjab government had filed petitions in the apex court following Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict ordering partial halting of construction in the Punjab capital.

A five-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, had reserved the verdict in the case on April 17.

The provincial government had filed an appeal against LHC’s August 2016 order suspending construction of the $1.6 billion OLMT within 200 feet of 11 historical sites in the city.

The historical monuments include the Shalimar Gardens, Gulabi Bagh Gateway, Chauburji, Zebunnisa’s Tomb, Lakshmi Building and the General Post Office. These heritage sites are protected under the Punjab Special Premises (Preservation) Ordinance, 1985 and Antiquity Act, 1975.