Pak courts adjourn petitions challenging Zardari`s dual office

Pak`s Sindh and Lahore High Courts put off the hearing of similar petitions challenging Asif Ali Zardari`s holding of the two offices of President and chief of the ruling PPP.

Updated: Nov 24, 2010, 14:42 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan`s Sindh and Lahore High
Courts today put off the hearing of similar petitions
challenging Asif Ali Zardari`s holding of the two offices of
President and chief of the ruling PPP after the Attorney
General and concerned defence lawyers failed to appear before
them.

A three-judge bench of the Sindh High Court began hearing
the petition but indefinitely adjourned the matter as the
Attorney General failed to appear in court.

The government`s lawyer also said the President had not
received any notice regarding the hearing.

The bench issued orders for notices to be issued again to
all parties involved in the case.

Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany had
yesterday constituted the three-judge bench to hear the
petition filed by an advocate named Rasheed Akhund.

Akhund asked the court to direct Zardari to resign as
co-chairman of the ruling PPP as he could not hold two offices
under the Constitution.

A similar petition filed in the Lahore High Court by
Pakistan Lawyers` Forum President A K Dogar, who is also the
counsel for Lashker-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, was
taken up today by a five-judge bench.

The bench adjourned the matter to December 13 after the
defence team failed to appear in court and one of the lawyers
appearing on behalf of the petitioner sought more time to
prepare for the case.

PTI