RE The Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed and withdrawn a petition challenging appointment of Sherry Rehman as ambassador to US.
As Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh started proceeding, the petitioner Muhammad Azhar Siddique appeared before the court and requested to withdraw his petition as Sherry Rehman had resigned from national assembly seat. On this, the judge dismissed the petition.
The petitioner had submitted a miscellaneous application into already pending main petition seeking Sherry Rehmans permanent disqualification. The petitioner pleaded that Sherry was a sitting member of national assembly and under the constitution a parliamentarian could not hold an office of profit in services of Pakistan. He submitted that Sherry Rehman had also presented a bill in the national assembly to make amendments in the blasphemy law (section 295-C of PPC) and by doing so he stood disqualified under articles 62 & 63 of the constitution.
He submitted that it was prime duty of an ambassador to protect the interest of his/her country in a foreign state. But Ms Sherry does not possess such qualities and her appointment is not in national interest.
The petitioner argued that neither Sherry has resigned from national assembly seat nor election commission of Pakistan has declared her seat vacant. He requested the court to declare her appointment illegal.