Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh Khalid of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed as withdrawn an application challenging appointment of Sherry Rehman as Pakistan’s new ambassador to the United State.
The court ruled that courts could not decide a constitutional issue on a miscellaneous application therefore the petitioner-counsel may file a separate writ petition to challenge Sherry’s appointment. On Wednesday, petitioner Muhammad Azhar Siddique appeared before the court and requested it to withdraw his petition as Sherry had resigned from the National Assembly seat. The court accepted his plea and dismissed the petition.
The petitioner has submitted a miscellaneous application into his already pending main petition seeking Sherry Rehman’s permanent disqualification.
The petitioner argued that Sherry was a sitting member of the National Assembly and, under the constitution, a parliamentarian could not hold an office of profit in services of Pakistan. He said Sherry had also presented a bill in the assembly to make amendments to the blasphemy law(section 295-C of PPC). By doing so, she stood disqualified under articles 62 & 63 of the constitution, he contended. The petitioner said a petition moved at that time to seek Sherry’s disqualification, was still pending with the LHC.
Under articles 2-A and 227 of the constitution, he added, every Muslim of Pakistan was duty bound to protect and follow Islamic values. He pointed out that it was paramount duty of an ambassador to protect the interest of his/her country in a foreign state but Sherry Rehman did not possess such qualities and her appointment was not in national interest.
Checkup of DSP: Additional District and Sessions Judge Muhammad Sheraz Kiani on Wednesday directed the jail authorities to conduct checkup of DSP Riasat Bajwa, an accused involved in fake encounter case, and submit the report on December 8.
The court has given the orders on an application submitted by the accused, seeking his checkup. Previously, the court had summoned prosecution witnesses but no one appeared before the court.
Sapna case: Additional District and Sessions Judge Chaudhary Nazeer Ahmed on Wednesday fixed December 7 for arguments on a petition seeking registration of a murder case against former Punjab chief minister Dost Muhammad Khosa for allegedly killing stage actress Sapna Khan, said to be his wife.
Previously, the court had sought comments from the Racecourse SHO in this regard. On Wednesday, the SHO appeared before the court and submitted that the residence of Dost Muhammad Khosa was situated in Defence, not Racecourse, area.