LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Chief Justice put off till June 21 hearing on a contempt petition seeking directions to issue a show-cause notice to the President and to charge him with contempt of court for not disassociating himself from a political post.

Muhammad Azhar Siddique Advocate filed the petition and pleaded that Zardari had not disassociated himself from the political office of co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as soon as possible following a ruling given by the High Court in May last year on the President’s dual offices.

The petitioner said that the direction issued by the HC had not been obeyed and the President had not stopped “misusing” the presidency for PPP’s activities. He pleaded that the President had also called National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza and congratulated her for giving a ruling in favour of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial asked the petitioner’s counsel to argue further on the maintainability of his petition. The court will resume hearing on June 21.