LAHORE - No constitutional bar exists on a presidents affiliation with any political party or his heading a party, however, the president is not permitted to the use the presidents house for the purpose of political activities. Abid Hassan Minto advocate told the full bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry on Wednesday while he was arguing as amicus curie in a constitutional petition which has questioned holding of dual-office by Asif Ali Zardari as President of Pakistan and PPP Co-Chairman at the same time. The petitions have been filed by Pakistan Lawyers Forum through AK Dogar advocate and others. As the respondent Asif Ali Zardari and the law officer of the federal government had boycotted the proceedings in September last year, the bench, also comprising Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, has engaged three amicus curiae in the interest of meeting the end of justice. Advocate Abid Hasan Minto in his arguments submitted that the constitution did not bar a president of Pakistan from being member of a political party. However, the president being symbol of the federation should not let the presidents house be used for political activities, Minto said. He said the president being head of the state needs to remain neutral, nonpartisan and impartial to meet the constitutional requirements and in the interest of national solidarity. On that, the court quizzed can the court restrict the president from using the presidency for political purposes of his party? The counsel replied in positive. Minto, will continue his arguments on Thursday (today) as well. The bench has already observed that it would announce its verdict in the case as soon as the arguments of amicus curie were concluded. The petitioners have assailed the dual-office of Asif Ali Zardari, inter alia contending the constitutional office of the president of Pakistan could not be blended with presidents political office as it undermined the concept of federalism and neutrality which the president was constitutionally to pose in the larger national interests.