Zardari dual office case: Federal govt prays LHC to become party
14 September, 2012
LAHORE: The federal government on Thursday filed an application before the Lahore High Court to become a party in a contempt petition against President Asif Zardari for not surrendering the office of PPP co-chairman.
The applicant's counsel Wasim Sajjad said the federation was made respondent in the main petition against the president's dual offices, but the same was not done in the contempt petition. According to the constitution, the president was part of the federation and under Chapter III of the constitution the federal government could exercise its power in the name of the president, he added.
He requested that the federal government should be given permission to become a party in the contempt case.
On September 5, Sajjad appeared before the court on behalf of the federation, however, the petitioner's counsel had objected to his appearance for not being a party in the contempt case. After which Sajjad had sought the court's permission to file an application to become party in the case.
A full bench, headed by LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, will hold proceedings on main contempt petition and federal government application on Friday (today).