ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court has dismissed the plea of Secretary Prosecution Punjab and the former IG Sindh, Rana Maqbool, against the decision of the Sindh High Court with observation that the petitioner should first surrender himself before the court of law. Rana Maqbool filed a petition in the Supreme Court pleading that he was allegedly involved in the case of attempt to murder Asif Ali Zardari when the latter was in the custody, so the SHCs decision to declare him a proclaimed offender and hold a trial of him should be declared null and void. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa dismissed the plea due to delay in filing the petition and also because the case was being heard in a court of Karachi. Justice Tassadaq observed that the petition was time barred and the petitioner was proclaimed offender so it would be difficult to hear the case that was already pending with a court in Karachi. Maqbools counsel, Akram Sheikh, told the Court that Maqbool was involved in operation against MQM and now a wave of target killing was underway in Karachi so his case should be transferred to some other province. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that Lahore High Court gave extraordinary relief to Maqbool by granting him bail. Sheikh argued that the issue of time barred was an old concept, while President Zardari has become a complainant in this case while negating his immunity that he claimed in National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case citing Article 248. He said that double standard was being followed throughout this case. He said that the issue of time barred was not raised when a judge of the SHC declared his client a proclaimed offender while reviving the three-year-old case. But the bench dismissed the case with the observation that the petitioner should surrender himself first before the court of law and then plea for the relief.