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LHC directs President Zardari to suspend political activities

May 12, 2011

President Asif Ali Zardari. — File photo

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ruled that President Asif Ali Zardari should suspend political activities, DawnNews reported.

Television reports stated that a four member bench of the LHC issued a detailed 35-page verdict in the dual office case and stated that the President should be impartial.

Earlier in March, the court had reserved its verdict in the dual office petition against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman and President Asif Ali Zardari.

The petition had been filed by A.K. Dogar. It had stated that the constitution required the president being head of the state to maintain a neutral and non-partisan posture.

It had further stated that Zardari being the PPP co-chairperson served party interests along with being the president which was in direct violation of the constitution. The petitioner had also said that holding two offices was a violation of Article 41 (1) of the constitution and had requested the court to take appropriate action on the matter.