Verdict reserved in dual offices case

A four-member bench reserves judgment and adjourns hearing for an indefinite period.


Express March 11, 2011

LAHORE:


The Lahore High Court on Thursday reserved judgment in identical petitions challenging the holding of two important offices by President Asif Ali Zardari.


Earlier, Advocate AK Dogar concluded his arguments seeking disqualification of the president.

Dogar stated that Zardari’s reputation as ‘Mr 10 per cent’ made him ineligible to hold the office of president under Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

He also submitted that Zardari could not remain impartial as the office of the president required as long as he was holding the office of PPP’s co-chairman. He had said that at several occasions, Zardari had served only his party’s interests. This, he said, fell short of the role of president envisaged in the constitution.

Abid Hasan Manto, the amicus curie (friend of court), disagreed with Dogar on whether or not the constitution restricted president from holding dual offices.

He said the constitution put no restrictions on holding of two offices as long as the president remained nonpartisan as the head of the state.

The four-member LHC bench, headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudary, has been holding ex-parte proceedings in the case for over eight months, following a boycott of the hearings by Pakistan Peoples Party lawyers and president’s counsel. Other petitioners in the case include Engr Ghulam Jillani and Advocate Asif Mehmood Khan.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2011.

COMMENTS (17)

Khalid Rahim | 10 years ago | Reply @nazeer: Late Fazal Elahi Chaudhry and Farooq Lehgari were both men of Principles and practiced their role as politicians with integrity. There are many who sing General(r) Musharraf's praises but he was no different from the person who succeeded him as the President, both lack honesty and integrity.This country does not need 72 political parties each vying for the 72 houris of Heaven. We do not need more than 6 political parties to have multi-party system and founding families should be banned for next ten years to hold office in the central committee, so that others get a chance to use their acumen in strengthening the democracy within the party and at national level. This is where we need both the armed forces and Superior judiciary to ensure political parties serve the nation and not their vested interest as Mom and Pop stores.
Asmat Jamal | 10 years ago | Reply PPP should not hope for any good from Lahore High Court. The founding father of PPP was also hanged by the same judiciary.
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