LAHORE - A Lahore High Court full bench on Wednesday adjourned until December 9, the proceedings of the petition seeking registration of treason case under Article 6 of the Constitution against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri for provoking people through their speeches to create anarchy in the country as their counsels were busy in the Supreme Court.

The bench headed by Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan and comprised by Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Anwaarul Haq heard the petitions.

In previous hearing, the bench had directed the petitioner’s counsel to argue on the jurisdiction of court under Article 199 of the Constitution to order registration of a treason case against any citizen.  The bench had also asked the law officers to assist the court on law points raised by the petitioner’s counsel.  Advocate AK Dogar, the petitioner’s counsel, said that they both were creating anarchy and unrest in the country by their speeches in long marches and sit-ins.

He said that every citizen is bound to be loyal to the state under Article 5 of the Constitution but Imran Khan and Dr. Qadri both provoked people to challenge the writ of the state and lead the country toward unrest and anarchy. He argued that under the Constitution, state is responsible to protect the rights of the citizens.  He requested the court to direct the authorities concerned to register high treason case against both of them and bring them to justice.

In another move, a full bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah had asked the Lahore Development Authority to come up with arguments on the emergency like situation imposed by the Punjab government while constructing Expressway from Gulberg to Motorway through Shadman, LOS and Samanabad area by demolishing houses of common citizens. The further proceeding of the case was adjourned until today (Thursday).