Lahore: LHC summon law secretary in duple office case
LAHORE: According to the Dawn News on Tuesday, a full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday taking notice of non-appearance of federal and provincial law officers in President Asif Ali Zardari’s dual office case summoned the federal law secretary on Oct 4. The bench, headed by Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, had already summoned the attorney general of Pakistan but nobody appeared on his behalf on Monday. Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Husain, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Ijazul Ahsan were other members. Advocate AK Dogar on behalf of Pakistan Lawyers Forum (PLF), the petitioner, said that non-appearance of respondent’s counsel amounted to an act of contempt of court on their part and also that they had nothing to plead in defence. The petitioner had contended that the act of President Zardari of holding a political office was in clear violation of article 41 (1) of the Constitution. The counsel said the president being head of the state cannot hold office of a political party. The petitioner submitted that President Zardari was continuously holding the office of the co-chairman of the party along with the office of the President of Pakistan, which was violation of article 41 (1) of the Constitution. The petitioner prayed to the court that President Zardari should be directed to surrender the office of the party’s co-chairperson.