LAHORE, Aug 30: The chief justice of Lahore High Court has constituted a five-judge larger bench to hear a contempt of court petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for not relinquishing the political office of PPP co-chairman.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial will head the bench with Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Justice Sheikh Najamul Hasan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah as members. The hearing will begin on Sept 5.

Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique, chairman of the Judicial Activism Panel, had filed the petition against the president for continuing to hold a political office and indulge in political activities in violation of an order of an LHC full bench.

The petitioner said the president had neither dissociated himself from the political office in accordance with the court’s order against his dual office nor stopped ‘misusing’ the Presidency. He said the use of the Presidency for partisan political activities was not only illegal but also contempt of the court’s orders issued on May 12 last year.

He prayed that a show-cause notice should be issued to the president and he should be punished under the Contempt of Court Ordinance of 2003 read with Article 204 of the Constitution.

More From This Section

All parties to be consulted on Taliban issue: minister

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif said on Sunday that dialogue would be held only with the factions...

US Air Force pilots carry out drone strikes

CIA operatives don’t fly unmanned aircraft, raises significant legal issues regarding the targeted killing in Pakistan.

Sadequain’s work fetches high price at auction

LONDON: Paintings by some leading Pakistani artists fetched about 600,000 pounds with one of Sadequain’s having...

Bids for 3G, 4G licences surpass expectations: PTA

Mobilink, Zong, Ufone and Telenor in the field; Warid stays away

Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Front Page