LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday sought the copy of presidential order which converted the dismissal of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik from FIA service in 1998 into an honourable retirement in 2010 to protect him from being disqualified for holding a public office. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed passed this order on a petition filed by Mehfooz Ahmad Khan, a British national of Pakistani origin, who contended that Malik had been terminated from official service in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and was not eligible to become a member of the Senate or to hold any public office. According to the law, a person who is terminated from a government service on allegation of misconduct can never be eligible to take part in elections for holding a public office. The petitioner made Senator and Interior Minister Rehman Malik, secretary interior, secretary establishment, chief election commissioner of Pakistan and President of Pakistan respondents in the petition. Petitioner counsel said that Rehman Malik concealed the facts from election commission about his past at the time of filing his nomination papers for Senate seat. Petitioner submitted that Rehman contested election for a Senate seat in March 2009 from Sindh on a quota reserved for Ulema and technocrats and was declared successful as no candidate contested in the election against him. Khan said that Rehman Malik was not eligible to contest the Senate elections as he was dismissed from service on the charges of misconduct in 1998 while he was serving as additional director general in Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). According to the petitioner, Malik filed an appeal against his dismissal from FIA but the then president (Pervez Musharraf) rejected his appeal on April 22, 1999 and upheld the penalty of dismissal from service for committing misconduct. However, on May 11, 2010 President Asif Ali Zardari, making an illegal attempt to save Rehman, converted his dismissal into retirement. The petitioner contended that despite everything, Rehman was still disqualified because at the time of senate elections he was ineligible to contest elections. The counsel said presidential order did not end his disability to take part in the senate elections and pre-qualification because the order came after the senate elections and at the time of election, he was not eligible for the said polls. He said Malik should be disqualified as federal minister for interior and Senator. Last month, petitioner Mehfooz Ahmad Khan had filed a petition seeking disqualification of Chairman Senate Farooq H Naik for not proceeding on a reference sent against Maliks eligibility. Then he had withdrawn his case from LHC when the court was informed that Rehman Maliks termination from the slot of Additional Director General, FIA was converted into a retirement by the President of the Pakistan and now no allegation of misconduct is on record against Malik. Man drowns A 40-year-old man drowned in the canal located near Mughalpura police area on Monday. The deceased identified as M Ashfaq, resident of Afshan Park, was drowned while he was swimming in the canal. Dozens of locals and rescuers gathered on the spot and recovered the body. after hectic efforts. Later, the body was handed over to the bereaved family.