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Pak courts adjourn petitions challenging Zardari's dual office

world Updated: Nov 24, 2010 14:16 IST
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Pakistan's Sindh and Lahore High Courts today put off the hearing of similar petitions challenging Asif Ali Zardari's holding of the two offices of President and chief of the ruling PPP after the Attorney General and concerned defence lawyers failed to appear before them.

A three-judge bench of the Sindh High Court began hearing the petition but indefinitely adjourned the matter as the Attorney General failed to appear in court.

The government's lawyer also said the President had not received any notice regarding the hearing. The bench issued orders for notices to be issued again to all parties involved in the case.

Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany had yesterday constituted the three-judge bench to hear the petition filed by an advocate named Rasheed Akhund.

Akhund asked the court to direct Zardari to resign as co-chairman of the ruling PPP as he could not hold two offices under the Constitution.

A similar petition filed in the Lahore High Court by Pakistan Lawyers' Forum President A K Dogar, who is also the counsel for Lashker-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, was taken up today by a five-judge bench.

The bench adjourned the matter to December 13 after the defence team failed to appear in court and one of the lawyers appearing on behalf of the petitioner sought more time to prepare for the case.