Pak court observes Zardari should have quit as PPP head
Lahore: A Pakistani court on Thursday observed that President Asif Ali Zardari should have quit the political office of the head of the ruling PPP in light of its earlier order that he was not expected to hold dual posts.
A five-judge bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial made the observation while hearing a petition filed by a man named Muneer Ahmad Khan, who has sought contempt of court proceedings against Zardari for not complying with the court`s order issued last year.
The Chief Justice further observed that it had asked the President not to conduct political activities in the presidency.
He made these remarks when government lawyer Wasim Sajjad said the High Court had only "expected" that the President would quit his political office.
Sajjad further said the court had not issued any direct order asking Zardari to step down as head of the Pakistan Peoples Party.
He said the term "expectation" was open to alternate interpretations and the President might conclude that it did not amount to a binding direction.
The bench asked Sajjad to present his arguments under Article 248 of the Constitution, which provides immunity to the President.
Sajjad then said he would present his arguments on Article 248 only after the bench decided the maintainability of the petition.
Petitioner Munir Ahmed`s lawyer A K Dogar said Article 248
did not provide immunity to the President in a contempt of court case.
The court subsequently adjourned the proceedings till tomorrow, when Dogar will continue his arguments.
Ahmed earlier told the bench that the President had not dissociated himself from his political office as was expected by a full bench of the Lahore High Court.
He said the court`s directions had not been followed and the President had not stopped "misusing" the presidency.
He claimed that the use of the presidency for "partisan" political activities by Zardari was illegal and amounted to contempt of court.
He asked the bench to issue a show-cause notice to the President and to punish him for contempt.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- When Subramanian Swamy shocked people at a wedding!
- PM Modi speaks at Golden Jubilee celebrations of poet Dinkar’s works
- Mumbai: Diamond export company denies job to Muslim youth
- Vadodara: Policemen seen dancing with bar girls
- Coal scam: Naveen Jindal, Madhu Koda and others get bail
- One year of Modi govt: Arun Jaitley addresses press conference
- DNA: IAF Mirage 2000 fighter plane lands successfully on Yamuna expressway
- DNA: Osama documents show 'Indian brother in Madinah' financed al Qaeda
- Zee Media Exclusive: Kangana, Madhavan talk about their film 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'
- ISIS executes Syrian fighter using anti-tank rocket launcher
- Zee Media Exclusive interview with Congress leader Kamal Nath
- DNA: Harmful chemicals found in Maggi, Nestle India still in denial mode
- Woman robbed at gunpoint inside Hyderabad ATM
- Columbia student takes rape-protest mattress to graduation
- CM Kejriwal shortlists 39 'unwanted' IAS officers in Delhi
- Mumbai firm booked for denying Muslim MBA graduate job on religious grounds, probe ordered
- Jayalalithaa makes public appearance, meets Governor: As it happened
- New IPL rules could see Chennai Super Kings lose MS Dhoni
- `Piku` hits jackpot, does Rs 100 crore business worldwide
- Geelani's passport application incomplete, cannot be processed: MEA
- Lalu Yadav invites Jitan Ram Manjhi for joint fight against BJP, JD(U) upset
- IPL 2015, Qualifier 2: CSK vs RCB - As it happened...
- CBSE Class 10 Results 2015 may not be announced today
- India to soon have its own space shuttle!
- Kejriwal slams notification on LG's powers, says Modi running Delhi govt through back door
- WBBSE 10th Madhyamik Results 2015: West Bengal Board (wbbse.org & wbresults.nic.in) Class 10th Madhyamik Pariksha Results 2015 to be announced on May 22
- Don't know what will happen to my career, says Ranbir Kapoor
- Tanu Weds Manu Returns movie review: Brilliant execution, superb performance!
- Osama files show an "Indian brother in Madinah” financed al Qaeda
- Manohar Parrikar meets troops at Siachen base camp