A three-judge SC bench was hearing a petition barring President Zardari to leave the country after completion of his tenure. – File Photo
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the federation during the hearing of a petition against President Asif Ali Zardari, barring him to leave the country after completion of his tenure as president.
A three-judge bench, comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry, heard the petition regarding Zardari's leaving the country and non-implementation of the Abbottabad Commission Report.
The petitioner, Shahid Aurakzai prayed in his petition that President Zardari, who is going to complete his tenure on September 8, should not be allowed to leave the country as his predecessors did in the past.
During the course of proceedings, Aurakzai appeared before the court and pleaded that he had filed many applications in the court but no notices were issued to any one.
The bench adjourned further hearing till September 3, with the direction to Attorney General for Pakistan Munir A. Malik to assist the court on next date of hearing.
Khursheed Ahmed Shah, the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly and a senior PPP figure, had told reporters on Thursday that President Zardari will do politics and work for his Pakistan People’s Party after vacating the presidency on Sept 8.
Answering questions at a reception for him by the Parliamentary Reporters Association about the future role of Mr Zardari after completing his five-year term as president, Mr Shah said: “He is our leader. He will remain in the country and do politics.”