LHC adjourns contempt petition against President till 18th

LAHORE: A four-member bench of the Lahore High court Friday adjourned the hearing of a contempt petition against President Asif Ali Zardari till March 18.

The four member bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial was hearing the contempt petition filed by Muneer Ahmad Khan against President Asif ali Zardari for not complying with the court order in dual office case.

As proceedings started, the chief Justice noted that the federation’s counsel Waseem Sajjad through an application requested adjourns due to his engagements in the Supreme Court, whereas the petitioner also placed on record newspaper material regarding political activities of president, through his application.

Chief Justice observed that the matter was pending for a long time, adding, “we should close it and first decide case maintainability”.

However, Additional Attorney General Abdul Hai Gillani pointed out that the bench had asked the federation’s counsel to seek instructions from the president regarding his political activities in the public arena, on last hearing.

He pleaded the court to adjourn the matter as federation’s counsel was busy before the Apex Court.

He challenged the material placed on record regarding president’s political activities by the petitioner.

The bench accepting the request adjourned the matter till March 18 and directed federation’s counsel to file statement regarding court query by next date of hearing, besides issuing notice on petitioner’s application.

The bench observed that the matter was in progress for the last eight months and the question before it was to decide it’s maintainability.

“If no progress was made with respect to directions by court in judgement dated May 12,2011, the federation’s counsel and attorney general of Pakistan should render final arguments regarding maintainability on next date of hearing for decision by the court”, it was added.