The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected assurance from President Asif Ali Zardari that he would not take part in political activities and asked him to follow the court’s previous orders on dual offices.
A five-judge full bench of the LHC, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, said the Court would deliver verdict if the President did not desist from his involvement in politics.
The court adjourned the hearing until March 29.
The court was told on several occasions by the defence counsel that the President does not take part in political activities an that the party president Makhddom Amin Fahim is leading the party.
The court however rejected the argument and urged the President to take decision with honesty.
The court resumed the hearing of the petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The court has been hearing the petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against President Zardari for not complying with its May 12, 2011, judgment declaring political activities by the President unconstitutional.
The Federation’s counsel, Barrister Wasim Sajjad, submitted an application requesting the adjournment of proceedings.
Justice Bandial said the bench had been apprised that no political activities were taking place in the Presidency, however, the media had been reporting that these were at their peak.
He further asked what the bench should do with the government’s assurance regarding the cessation of political activities in the Presidency.