ISLAMABAD, Sept 5: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday once again put Pakistan president, also co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party of slain leader , on notice through his principal secretary, seeking his explanation for not abandoning his political activities despite holding the top constitutional office.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial issued directive after hearing contentions of a petitoiner.
Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique, chairman of the Judicial Activism Panel, who challenged the dual positions of the president, said that the president had earlier received the notice through his principal secretary, but did not heed to which also amounted to contempt of the court.
The LHC judges observed that the president if had any reasons to challenge its earlier decision over the issue could agitate his contentions through his counsels or representatives.
The judges through their remarks showed respect for the president’s office but warned that for them the rule of law was of more significance.
The LHC summoned top government's lawyer for next date. The LHC in its May 12, last year judgment on dual-office held by the president had clearly asked him to relinquish his political office as per constitutional requirement. The court has also set September 5 as deadline for implementation of its order.