During Wednesday’s hearing of the contempt of court petition over the president’s dual office, the Lahore High Court (LHC) said the bench would ensure that judicial directives were implemented.

The bench, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, was seized with the petition. Other members of the bench included Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Justice Sheikh Najmul Hassan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah.

The petitioner’s counsel in his arguments said the matter of contempt of court and the law were equal for everyone. No one could be exempted from punishment for committing contempt of court whether it was the head of state or an ordinary citizen.

The bench remarked that the courts were not adamant over either sentencing anyone or declaring them ineligible. However, the bench would ensure that judicial directives were implemented, it said.

The bench further remarked that those among the country’s high-profile should not be ‘targeted’ through such petitions.

Moreover, the bench said it was ironic that certain sections had been referring to the ideals of the law, the Sunnah and the Constitution, and yet they kept returning to the argument of presidential immunity.

Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing until tomorrow, Dec 13.

Earlier on Dec 7, the bench had remarked that defiance of court judgments amounted to shaking the foundation of the Constitution.