Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday dismissed a contempt of court petition against the prime minister on grounds of immunity under Article 248 of the Constitution.
A citizen named Syed Iqtidar Haider had filed an application with the LHC contending that Pakistan gained independence on Ramazan 27, adding that it should be celebrated as the official Independence Day instead of August 14.
In this regard, the court had directed the premier on December 5, 2012 to meet the citizen to assuage his complain.
However, the petitioner said he could not meet the premier despite making several visits to the Prime Minister House.
Later in Feb 2014, the petitioner again submitted a plea to the LHC following which the court once again ruled that the premier should meet the citizen and that addressing such a complaint was part of his domain.
Haider then submitted another application with the LHC stating that the prime minister had disregarded the court’s orders and contempt of court proceedings should be initiated against him.
During Friday’s hearing of the petition, the court rejected the plea stating that the prime minister enjoyed constitutional immunity under Article 248.