LAHORE - In compliance with the order of Chief Justice of Pakistan, the Lahore High Court on Friday directed all judicial officers of Punjab to submit details about their dual nationality.

The LHC issued letter to district and sessions judges of all 36 districts of Punjab requiring them to provide details about their dual nationality within three days.

“In case, on security anyone is found to have dual nationality , the learned District & sessions judge as well as the  said judicial officer will face the consequences entailing disciplinary action against them”, the letter said.  It said that the collected information would be transmitted to the Supreme Court for further proceedings.

On Jan 17, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of dual nationality of civil servants and judges in the district and superior judiciary. The top judge had also directed registrars of all the five high courts and Secretary Establishment Division to submit reports in this regard within fifteen days.

ECP, law ministry reply sought

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought reply from Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and federal ministry of law & justice on a petition challenging commission’s notification issued to de-notify Nawaz Sharif as prime minister.

AK Dogar, a local lawyer, moved the petition submitting that Nawaz Sharif was de-notified as prime minister but it was illegal and unlawful. He said that elected prime minister could only be removed through no-confidence move in the parliament under Article 95 of the Constitution.  He said that constitutional way was there that a prime minister could be removed by mandate of majority in the national assembly which had elected him.  Also, the Lahore High Court reserved verdict on the maintainability of a petition seeking disqualification of Awami Muslim League’s chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad from backtracking on the issue of his resignation he had announced in a public rally in Lahore. Justice Shahid Karim reserved the verdict but he expressed displeasure over filing of baseless and uncalled for petitions. He asked the petitioner as to why he brought such issues to the court.

Mirza Muhammad Sadiq, a citizen, had moved the petition, submitting that Sheikh Rasheed was no more “Sadiq and Ameen” as he deceived the people about his resignation from the national assembly’s seat.

 The petitioner said that it was more than a week that he announced to tender resignation from the national assembly seat but he did not do so. By doing so, he violated Article 62 of the Constitution and disqualify him to be a member of the assembly.

After hearing the argumetns, Justice Shahid Karim reserved verdict on the maintainability of the petition.