LAHORE - Justice Asif Saeed Khosa of the Lahore High Court on Friday admitted for regular hearing two identical petitions challenging imposition of governor rule in Punjab. The court also issued notice to Attorney General Pakistan and Advocate General Punjab. The judge referred the matter to the Chief Justice observing that matter was of grave constitutional importance, so it would be better to form a larger bench for the proceedings. The petitions were filed by Malik Tariq Aziz advocate and Zahid Malik. Secretary Lahore High Court Bar Association Muqtadir Akhter Shabbir and advocate Dr Farooq Hassan represented the petitioners before the court. The counsels pleaded that the proclamation order was based on no material as mandated by the constitution because the order only relied on the sole ground of the Supreme Court orders pronounced earlier the same day by which former Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was disqualified from Assembly membership. They argued that this was not a valid ground for invoking emergency power of the constitution. They further said the President had actually deprived the largest single electorate in the country of a mandate. They said the president and the governor acting in apparent concert had played havoc with democracy, which was very foundation of judicial and political norms. They pleaded the governor should have convened the session of assembly to provide it opportunity to elect new leader of the house. Counsels prayed to the court to declare the governor rule as mere colourable exercise of authority utterly not contemplated by the constitution that does not allow use of emergency provisions for sole political benefit of the President, hence void and without any lawful effect.