The same bench of the Lahore High court will hear petitions seeking the disqualification of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on charges of committing treason by allegedly defying court orders and subverting the Constitution.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed yesterday admitted the petitions and formed a three-judge bench to hear them.
The Chief Justice will head the bench. Former Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry had on October 14, 2011 constituted a bench after a single judge had referred the cases to him for constitution of a larger bench.
The bench will start hearing the petitions after the court's winter vacation.
Lawyer A K Dogar, who is the counsel for Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, filed the petitions on behalf of two lawyers and asked the court to direct President Zardari to disassociate himself from the political office of co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party in light of a decision given by a full bench of the High Court in May last year.
Advocate Ilamuddin Ghazi too submitted a petition in which he said that the full bench had in its order declared the President's involvement in political activities as unconstitutional.