LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Thursday dismissed a writ petition seeking disqualification of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif accused of Model Town killings due to non-prosecution.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC was hearing the case. A law officer on behalf of the Punjab government told the judge that the petitioner could not appear in the court since the day he moved the petition.

The law officer stated that Punjab CM had also immunity under Article 248 of the Constitution, so the petition against him was non-maintainable and be dismissed.

Misbah Sarwar advocate of Narowal district had filed the petition submitting that Shahbaz Sharif was involved in Model Town killings and the judicial commission headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi had also declared him responsible of killings.

Being chief executive of the province, it was the responsibility of the chief minister to maintain law and order situation but he could not do so, she submitted. The petitioner pointed out that if any member of the parliament is found guilty of disturbing law and order situation, he loses his eligibility to be member of the parliament under Article 63 (1) g of the Constitution.

The petitioner prayed the court to declare Punjab CM disqualified from being member of the provincial assembly and holding public office.