Another contempt plea filed against Zardari

November 20, 2012 - 4:55:39 am

LAHORE: Another contempt application against Pakistani President Asif Zardari has been moved before the Lahore High Court (LHC). This time, the application targets an address he delivered a few days ago at a political rally in Malakwal in Punjab province.

“The president cannot take part in political activities according to the Supreme Court’s order,” applicant Munir Ahmad maintained in his plea. 

Ahmad’s earlier contempt petition against President Zardari for holding political office despite earlier court orders is already pending before the LHC.

The apex court’s verdict on Asghar Khan’s petition bars the president from taking part in political activities. He asserted that Zardari violated the court’s orders by speaking at a political gathering organised by the Pakistan People’s Party.  


Suicide bomber targets politician

PESHAWAR: A woman suicide bomber targeted a Pakistani politician near the Afghan border yesterday, wounding at least four local party workers, officials said.

Qazi Hussain Ahmad, the former head of Pakistan’s biggest Islamist political party Jamat-e-Islami, escaped unscathed after the attack in Mohmand.

Mohmand is one of seven districts in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt, where Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants have carved out strongholds.

Local administrative official Adil Siddique said that Ahmad had been en route to address a public meeting in the Haleemzai area when the woman blew herself up on foot alongside his convoy.

Ahmad’s vehicle was not damaged or hit by the force of the blast, which wounded four local members of Jamat-e-Islami, Siddique said.

Another local official, Jamshed Khan, confirmed the incident and said “pieces of female clothes and hair found from the site make us believe that the attacker was a woman”.