LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday issued notice to Speaker Punjab Assembly for February 9 on constitutional petition seeking direction to speaker to forward disqualification reference against MPA Saba Sadiq to the chief election commissioner. Justice Umar Ata Bandial summoned speaker after the Punjab Assembly's secretariat failed to produce the details of awaiting objections to be put to the reference moved by PML-Q. On previous hearing the court had directed the additional Advocate General to seek instructions from the assembly secretary and inform the court. But on Monday, a law officer appeared and sought adjournment. The court declined his request and issued notices to respondents for February 9 observing that it might be difficult for AG to seek instructions from Speaker Punjab Assembly so it will be appropriate keeping in view the urgency of matter to directly seek instructions from the respondents. At the same time, the court also turned down petitioner's plea to suspend Saba's membership. Justice Ata was of the view that Speaker Punjab Assembly might delay in sending the reference to chief election commissioner by putting objections one by one to the reference. The court observed that there is visible urgency in article 63-A of the constitution, as the speaker must send reference to CEC within two days. Remarking that such matters should not come to courts, the judge said it was the duty of the court to judge whether resorting to objections in piecemeal manner causing delay in commencement of reference is derogatory of constitutional purpose and scheme of Article 63-A. The matter of PML-Q MPA Saba Sadiq's disqualification landed in the LHC after the Speaker PA declined to send reference to CEC on some technical grounds. Leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly Ch Zaheer-ud-Din who is also PML-Q secretary general had filed the petition, seeking adherence to constitutional provisions that would lead to MPA's disqualification on account of defecting the party. Earlier, Justice Ata had disposed of the same petition while directing the petitioner to file reference again before the speaker after removing the objection for which the same was not forwarded to election commission. The judge had also directed the Speaker Punjab Assembly to proceed on the petitioner's recommendations according to law. Now the petitioner has filed a fresh petition submitting that in the light of court's earlier directions, the reference against MPA Saba Sadiq was filed before the speaker but the same was forwarded to election commission.