Lahore: A Pakistani court on Monday served a
notice on Asif Ali Zardari in a petition challenging his
holding of a dual office, one of President and the other of
the head of a political party.
Pakistan Lawyers Forum president AK Dogar filed the
petition in the Lahore Court, questioning the right of the
President to hold the two offices.
"Mr Zardari is sticking to the office of
co-chairperson of PPP along with the office of President of
Pakistan, which is a blatant violation of article 41(1) of the
constitution," Dogar said, who is also the counsel of
Jammat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
"There shall be a President of Pakistan who shall be
the Head of State and shall represent the unity of the
Republic. His position is of a non-partisan."
Dogar who also remained counsel of former prime
minister Nawaz Sharif in the past said that the President
Zardari is the head of the state and not the head of the
government and representative of the unity of the republic.
"The President as the symbol of the unity of the
Federation is entitled to the highest respect and esteem by
all the functionaries of the State.
But it is equally true that this respect and esteem
will be forthcoming if he conducts himself with utmost
impartiality and neutrality, the he keep himself entirely
aloof from party politics and does not give the impression to
any one that he is siding with one faction or working against
Dogar said: "The SC has laid down that the President
is non-partisan person so in order to protect and preserve the
dignity of the office Mr Zardari is required to maintain a
The five-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice
Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry while issuing a notice to Zardari asked
his principal secretary to submit a reply by May 25.
The hearing was adjourned till May 27.