LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) Wednesday directed Deputy Attorney General to seek instructions from the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) whether he was ready to hear the arguments of Punjab government and what mode of hearing would be adopted. The two-member bench, comprising of Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan, adjourned the hearing till today (Thursday) of three appeals filed against the single bench order under which by-election in Punjab has been postponed. Khawaja Haris, representing the Punjab govt, submitted that it wanted to present its case before the Election Commission as a right and did not want to be treated as something given in charity. The CEC had categorically stated before the LHC on Tuesday that under the constitution it was a discretionary power of the commission to accept a request for postponement of elections and previous delay in elections had not created right in favour of any person or government. The commission had submitted that it would hear all the stakeholders, and if request, supported by convincing evidence showing sufficient reason, was made for delaying of the by-polls, the discretion to accept such request would be at its judicious discretion. The appeals were filed by three candidates Muhammad Azhar Siddique Advocate and Manzoor Ali Gillani Advocate (NA-123 Lahore) and Sheikh Rashid Ahmed (NA-55 Rawalpindi). The appellants said the Punjab govt had no locus standi to file a writ petition seeking delay of by-election because it was not an aggrieved party. They said the whole election process was a matter between the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the candidates while the governments were bound to carry out ECP directions, adding that the CEC was not constitutionally bound to consult/hear the any government prior to issuance of election schedule. Therefore, the appellant prayed for setting aside the operation of LHCs October 9 judgment. 'NRO to bring disgrace to country' PML-N central leader and former Deputy Speaker National Assembly Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal Wednesday said that if NRO is passed from the parliament it will be tantamount to giving NOC to corruption mafia and bringing disgrace to the country. He stated that until the evil of corruption and the causes of its spread are addressed, local and foreign investors would not spend money in Pakistan and the emerging situation would ruin the economy, besides shattering popular trust in the parliament. He urged parliamentarians to reject the viewpoint of dictators remnants. He further stated that KLB was in favour of the US interests instead of Pakistan and added the rulers should quit if they are unable to protect sovereignty and internal independence of the country.