The Lahore High Court (LHC) has expressed dissatisfaction over the federal and provincial governments’ approach regarding the unauthorized publication of the Holy Quran. The court has consequently called upon the caretaker prime minister and the Punjab chief minister to present themselves.
Justice Shujaat Ali Khan of LHC commented that this matter concerns everyone and is not restricted to the court alone. The court’s dissatisfaction arises from the government’s alleged inaction over a plea contesting the publication of the Holy Quran without the Quran Board’s authorization.
Concerns Over Unauthorized Quran Publications
Petitioner Hassan Moavia highlighted the unauthorized publications, arguing that responsible bodies have remained silent despite his efforts to address the issue. Despite multiple directions, the court expressed annoyance when informed about the federal government’s failure to produce a report on the matter. This made Justice Shujaat question the officials’ efficiency during the eight months.
He further stated that the court had no choice but to summon the key executives. The judge was not satisfied with the government counsel’s plea for additional time, suggesting that the matter had not been adequately presented before the prime minister. On a related note, during a previous session, the court provided a set of directives to ensure the Holy Quran’s authenticity and publication in line with established standards.