LAHORE: Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday reserved the decision on a petition challenging the construction of a multi-storey police investigation centre in Old Anarkali area. The residents of Anarlaki, Khurshid Alam, Mehboob Munawar and others, had filed a petition challenging the construction of the investigation complex. Counsel for the petitioners said had submitted that after construction of such a sensitive centre, it would put the lives of the locals in danger. He said that in recent past terrorist attacked on buildings of law enforcement agencies resulting into loss of life and property of citizens. He said the life of the residents of this area was already miserable due to extraordinary security measures taken for the nearby office of IG and now construction of a multi-storey CIA complex would obviously entail similar security arrangements and the life of the residents will become a living hell. He said the land taken for this construction was previously used for single-storey residences of police officers. He requested to stop the authorities from raising construction of the investigation complex keeping in view that the area was purely residential having residences and schools and the same will put lives of residents at peril and jeopardize the safe and security of whole area. On behalf of the inspector general of Punjab police a report was submitted but the corut declined to accept it and had directed an assistant advocate general to furnish complete record of the approval, if any, or admit that the police had the privilege to erect its complexes without any permission anywhere in the country. The court after conclusion of arguments reserved the judgement. Published in Daily Times, December 7th 2017.