LAHORE – A petition was filed in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Thursday, challenging the federal commission constituted for the creation of new provinces.

The Watan Party through its chairman Barrister Zafarullah Khan filed the petition, saying that the formation of body was discriminatory as it didn’t represent the parties concerned. The application was for specific purpose and specific province, the petitioner added.

He argued new provinces could be created with the consent of provincial assemblies concerned for administrative purposes, if required. He added the commission on provinces formed by some parliamentarians was against the articles 239 (4) and 4, 5 and 8 of the constitution.

He questioned the politicians’ claims of serving for the people, saying the issue was not consulted with the quarters concerned.

“Pakistan stands before us today as a mirror, reflecting our own politician’s political and ethical imperfections” said the petitioner, adding that the creation of new provinces was not based on administrative purposes.

He made an appeal to the court to set aside the formation of the federal commission on formation of new provinces.

5-judge LHC larger bench to hear contempt plea against Zardari: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Thursday constituted a five-member larger bench to hear contempt petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for not stopping political activities at presidency after the court order.

The LHC chief justice will head the bench comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Justice Sheikh Najamul Hasan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sayed Mansoor Ali Shah.

On June 27, a three-member had heard the case and given an opportunity to President Asif Ali Zardari to disassociate his office from political activities in directions of court ordered on May 12, 2011.

The petition was moved by Muhammad Azhar Siddique through AK Dogar against the president for holding political office and seeking contempt proceedings against the PPP co-chairman under article 204 of constitution. The petitioner said the president had neither disassociated himself from political office at the ‘earliest possible’ as expected by the court in its decision on president’s dual office nor obeyed its directives on using the presidency for running party affairs. The larger bench will resume hearing on September 5.