Karachi: the hearing of a petition filed by multinet, internet service provided against National Highway Authority (NHA) was adjourned till Feb 13 by an appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) as NHA counsel sought time to consult his clients.

The bench comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mahmood A Khan earlier heard the sides at length.

The bench noted that a suit is also pending before the shc and observed that “accounting” is not the function of a bench of high court and it is better for the petitioner to get its suit decided earliest.

The bench also expressed displeasure with the nha and and said overburdening a commercial enterprise with huge amount of due is not conducive for business sector.

The bench was of the view that petitioner shall pay to nha what is undisputed amount and settle the rest by independent audit.

The bench proposed a formula to settle the dispute warning the contesting sides to settle their accounts mutually or with the assistance of an auditor.

The counsel for nha sought time to consult his client at which the bench noting the proposed formula for amicable settlement  adjourned further proceedings till feb 20.

The dispute pertains to rent of land owned by NHA and used by petitioner Multinet Pakistan as its optical fibre passed through Sindh, Punjab, KPK. The rental for right of way was increased from rupees 5 per meter to rupees 30 which gave rise to the instant dispute.