Lahore High Court (LHC). - File Photo

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday heard the contempt of court petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for not relinquishing the political office of PPP co-chairman, DawnNews reported.

A larger bench of the LHC headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case.

Counsel for the president in the case, Wasim Sajjad, submitted a request in the court asking for an adjournment of the hearing, after which the court postponed the hearing until November 7.

Earlier on October 10, Sajjad had requested the court for more time, adding that, he was not employing delaying tactics. During the hearing, the federal government had informed the court that the president did not hold any political office and no prohibitory order had been issued by the court in the past against the president’s dual office.

On September 5, the bench had issued a fresh notice to President Zardari through his principal secretary and had sought a reply to the petition pleading contempt proceedings against him for not abiding a court order to relinquish his political office.

The petition that had been filed by Munir Ahmad through lawyers A K Dogar and Azhar Siddique had accused President Zardari of indulging in political activities in the presidency. It had stated that the president had neither disassociated himself from the political office nor had he stopped ‘misusing’ the President House despite a verdict by the Lahore High Court’s full bench against the dual-office.

The petitioner had also contended that the use of Presidency for political activities was illegal and tantamount to committing contempt of the court’s orders issued on May 12 last year. He had also requested the court to issue a show-cause notice to the president and punish him under Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution.

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