Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Umar Ata Bandial constituted a full bench on Monday to hear a contempt of court petition against President Asif Ali Zardari, for not implementing the court’s earlier verdict in the case of holding dual offices.
The bench, headed by CJ Bandial, also comprises Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Syed Manzoor.
The petition, filed by Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique, cites the violation of the LHC’s verdict by the president in continuing political activities at the presidency.
It pointed out that the presidency’s use for partisan political activities was not only illegal but came under contempt of court as well, under Article 204 of the Constitution.
In his petition, Siddique argued that the president had not disassociated himself from holding a political office as had been directed by the court.
“The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is adamant on disobeying the court’s decrees,” it added.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2012.
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