Punjab government has submitted an undertaking before the Lahore High Court, assuring that neither of the properties of churches falling in route of the Orange Line Metro Train Project, would be used for the sake of the project. The provincial government guaranteed, the court that none of the land belonging to the churches will be acquired nor the boundary walls will be damaged.
In the face of this undertaking, the petition against expropriation of properties of the churches falling in route of the Orange Line Metro Train Project was quashed by the Lahore High Court. Previously, there had been much outcry from the Christians of Lahore, and Church leaders against acquiring of the churches’ property for the metro train project.
The uproar was at peak after a spokesperson of Lahore Development Authority (LDA), stated that some land of Saint Paul’s Presbyterian Church and Saint Andrew’s Church will be acquired for the Orange Line Metro Train project.
In a handout issued on May 4, 2016, the Directorate General Public Relations plainly declared “18 Marla of Church land and 18 Meters of Boundary wall of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church near Bohar Chowk will be utilized for stairways of Orange Line Train Project Station.”
The churches which were imperiled by the Metro Train project include, Saint Andrew’s Church, Naulakha Church, Nicolson Road Church and Cathedral Church of the Resurrection. The petition was filed by Asif Sohail Khokhar, Saleem Sylvester, Arif David, Ghafoor Sadiq and Yousaf Samuel Benjamin. The petitioners claimed in their petition that the Metro Train project was designed in such a way the either or all of the churches falling in its route would either be damages or demolished.