Lahore HC to hear petition on Zardari on Dec.5

Lahore, Nov 21: A five-judge bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Wednesday said that it would resume hearing of Munir Ahmad’s petition against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on December 5.

The petition has been filed objecting to Zardari holding a political office and indulging in political activities despite the High Court’s suggestion last year that he give up the post of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief.

A K Dogar, the counsel for Ahmad, argued that Zardari was also violating a recent order issued by the Supreme Court that said the President should be non-partisan and have no political affiliations.

The Chief Justice then said the court would decide the immunity enjoyed by the President under Article 248 of the Constitution.

When Wasim Sajjad, the lawyer for the federal government, said he would be unable to appear before the High court due to his engagement in a case in the Supreme Court in Islamabad, Chief Justice Bandial said the matter would be adjourned till December 5, after which the case would be heard on a day-to-day basis. (ANI)