karachi - The Sindh High Court on Monday threw out a petition against President Asif Ali Zardari's dual posts after the petitioner decided to withdraw it. A three-member bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar was seized with the petition filed by Abdul Rasheed Akhund advocate, a senior PPP stalwart, who had prayed to the court to direct the president to resign from the party's co-chairmanship as he could not hold two offices under the Constitution.

The petitioner had maintained that holding the offices of the co-chairman of Pakistan People's Party and President simultaneously is illegal. It was stated that the president is the symbol of Federation of Pakistan and is the head of state for all Pakistanis irrespective of political affiliations. The petitioner had earlier also submitted that co-chairmanship of the PPP is a political post.

The president shall leave either the presidency or the party position, he submitted. On Monday, petitioner appeared before the court and prayed to allow him to withdraw the petition. A division bench of SHC ruled that petitioner does not press this petition which is hereby dismissed.