LAHORE: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Monday constituted a three-member full bench to hold proceedings on a contempt petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for his continuous indulgence in political activities and holding political office in violation of an earlier LHC order.
Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial will head the bench while Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sayed Mansoor Ali Shah will be the other members. The bench will start hearing the contempt plea from June 27.
The petition was moved by by the court in its decision in the dual office case. He submitted that the directions issued by the court had neither been obeyed nor had he (president) stopped misusing the premises of the Presidency for the purpose of his party (PPP).
The lawyer said the president also called National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza and greeted her for giving a ruling in favour of then Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was convicted, and discarding the judgment of a Supreme Court seven-member bench in a contempt case. He said the action confirmed the bias of the leader of political party rather than the President of Pakistan. The ruling party was adamant that it would not obey the orders of courts and the fact could also be gathered from the statements of the PM published in newspapers, the petitioner submitted.
He said the use of the Presidency for partisan political activities by Asif Zardari was not only illegal but against contempt orders of the court, dated May 12, 2011, as defined in Article 204 of the Constitution. He pleaded that the president should be given a show-cause notice, charged, convicted and sentenced for contempt of court in view of the punishment as defined in Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, read with Article 204 of the Constitution.