President enjoys constitutional immunity, says LHC CJ


During Friday’s hearing of the contempt of court petition over the president’s dual office, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that although the court could convict anyone for committing contempt of court, fact remained that the president enjoyed immunity under Article 248(2) of the Constitution.
According to a private television channel, the LHC heard the contempt of court petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for not relinquishing political office in the light of a judgment passed by the LHC last year.
The bench, headed by Justice Bandial, heard the petition. Other members of the bench include Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Justice Sheikh Najmul Hassan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.
During the hearing, arguments continued pertaining to the constitutional immunity enjoyed by the president.
Moreover, the petitioner’s counsel, A K Dogar, stated that the High Courts and the Supreme Court could convict an offender for committing contempt of court.
Dogar questioned the concept of presidential immunity and asked what may have happened if the president was to murder someone.
Moreover, the petitioner said that if the president was not convicted and sentenced for committing contempt of court, the concept of an independent judiciary would cease to exist.
Responding to which, the bench stated that although the head of state was not answerable to anyone, the president was still bound to respect and follow judicial orders.
Justice Bandial said the country would be peaceful and would prosper when people would abide by the Constitution. Violating the Constitution would adversely affect all sections of national life.
Subsequently, the bench adjourned the hearing to Dec 10 and directed the counsels to continue their arguments on presidential immunity.



  2. He does not deserve to be president as he is a convicted and a criminal as per LHC decision 1999 and spent 10 years in jail. Basically LHC-CJ is MISLEADING THE NATION and he should be tried 1st of all.

  3. Lahore high Court is towing Punjabi nationalist agenda. It is more like political party than a court.

  4. I am sorry to say,that LHC has totally converted in nationalist court. now name should be replace in Punjabi nationalist court .

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