ISLAMABAD Application seeking urgent hearing of a plea, which challenged Article 248 of the Constitution that gives immunity to the president of the state, has been filed in the Supreme Court on Friday. Application was moved at a time when Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani subscribed to a legal opinion that the President enjoys immunity under Article 248 of the Constitution and if anyone has another opinion, one could go to the court for its interpretation. Khalid Khawaja, former official of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), on December 18, 2009 filed the petition under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution. The petition sought the constitutional presidential immunity against legal proceedings as un-Islamic and unconstitutional. Registrar of the apex court Dr Faqir Hussain returned the plea on 29th December with various objections. Then the Applicant had removed the objections and filed CM Appeal No 154/09 on 30th December. Khawaja filed the petition after the SC verdict on NRO that nullified an earlier legal amnesty given to politicians and others against pending criminal and corruption cases. He maintained that Article 248 is in clash with the basic human rights and Islamic principles. Khalid argued in his petition that the presidential immunity is discriminatory as every citizen is equal before the law. 1973 Constitution of Pakistan through Article 248 provides protection to certain dignitaries such as president, prime minister and governor etc. which is in direct contravention of the Article 227, Article 2-A and Article 25 of the 1973 Constitution as well as against the principles of Islam, Holy Quran and Sunnah, the petition argued in his petition.