LAHORE The Lahore High Court decision on President Asif Ali Zardaris dual office is a piece of judicial restraint where the court did not go to the demolition mode but wanted the president to quit the party office on moral ground if he has to retain the constitutional office. Doing politics is a legal right of every citizen but in case of the presidential office things are different as he has to stay under all circumstances even if the government is not in place. So, his neutrality and nonpartisan is a must, say jurists. They said the decision was related more to a moral aspect than constitutional as it had only hoped that the president would quit his party office short of directing him to do the same. Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir termed the decision just a sermon which could not be implemented. She said the decision was just of a declaratory nature filled with expectations that President Zardari would quit the party office without any direction to him. She questioned what the court could do in case the president did not act upon the decision when, in her view, it was itself not implementable. On principles, Asma said, she agreed the president should be apolitical and neutral but that comes with traditions. Once a person assumes presidential office he quits the political office but that had been a rare case in Pakistan, she added. Former SCBA president Hamid Khan said the LHC decision was as per the constitution and required President Zardari to quit the party office if he had to continue as president of Pakistan. He said the decision was of declaratory nature expecting the president that he would act upon it. Hamid Khan at the same anticipated that rulers again would not abide by the decision. He said the PPP government had been confronting the judiciary as its independent decisions irked the rulers. Former SCBA president Justice (r) Tariq Mahmood said the LHC had relied on the decision passed on the petition of Nawaz Sharif against former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1993 in which the court had held that president should be neutral. And how much this decision was relevant to Zardari needed to be seen, he said. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan declined to comment on the decision before going through the detailed judgment. LHCBA?President Asghir Ali Gill said holding dual office had been a character of the dictators and not of the constitutionally elected presidents. He said Zardari could move the SC against the decision if had any objection.