A five-member bench of the Lahore High Court Monday adjourned the hearing of a contempt petition against President Asif Ali Zardari till January 22, giving final opportunity to Federation's counsel to submit his arguments.

The Bench observed that it wanted to conclude the matter, therefore, Federation's counsel must forward his arguments before the court on January 22 or file in writing.

The five-member Bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial was hearing the contempt petition filed by Muneer Ahmad Khan against President Asif Ali Zardari for not complying with the court order in dual office case.

As proceedings started, Federation's counsel Waseem Sajjad, Additional Attorney General of Pakistan Abdul Hai Gillani requested the court to adjourn the matter considering the tragic incident in Quetta and strike announced by the Pakistan Bar Counsel in this regard.

However, the Chief Justice remarked that although it was a sad and big tragic incident but the government had taken action to address it.

Waseem Sajjad pointed out that it's a tragedy of highest sort and still the burial had not taken place.

The Chief Justice addressing Waseem Sajjad said that the matter was pending only for your submissions and " We can not disregard our duty". The Chief Justice observed that the matter should be fixed for Tuesady.

Waseem Sajjad pleaded the court to fix another day for hearing as he was busy before the Apex Court on Tuesday.

At this stage, petitioner's counsel AK Dogar opposed the request to adjourn the matter for few days.

However, Waseem Sajjad again pleaded the court to adjourn the matter for a week.

The Bench after considering the request by Waseem Sajjad adjourned the matter till January 22 for final hearing.