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Request to remove President Arif Alvi from office dismissed

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected a petition seeking removal of President Arif Ali from office with a fine of Rs 10,000.

The court said that the power of hearing under Article 199 of the Constitution is arbitrary and extraordinary, frivolous petitions cannot be encouraged, such petitions affect the rights of the original applicants.

It may be recalled that Zahoor Mehdi, a citizen, had filed a petition to remove President Arif Alvi from office, after which Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a two-page written verdict.

The judgment said that a similar application had been filed earlier which had been rejected by the court. Appropriate and correct words were not used for the preparation of the petition and no reason was given as to why the court heard the petition in the public interest.

The written decision said that under Article 199 of the Constitution, the power of hearing is arbitrary and extraordinary, court time is valuable, frivolous petitions cannot be encouraged, frivolous petitions affect the rights of the real applicants.

The petitioner was also fined Rs 10,000 for wasting court time by filing a frivolous petition. According to the court, the fine will be paid to the lawyer appointed to assist in the jail appeals.

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