Pakistan

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought a reply by December 19 in response to a petition against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for using the title of “Sir” given by the British Queen.

The petitioner, Javed Iqbal Jafree, contended that the British Queen had given the title of “Sir” to Nawaz Sharif being prime minister on the golden jubilee of Pakistan in 1997.

He said the then Indian prime minister had refused to accept the same title offered to him by the queen. He pleaded that Nawaz Sharif could not use the title as he had not sought approval from parliament before accepting it. He asked the court to stop the prime minister from using the title of “Sir.” Earlier, Standing Counsel Nadeem Anjum appeared before the court and sought time to submit a reply of the prime minister.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Standing Counsel Nadeem Anjum appeared before the court and sought time to submit a reply of the prime minister.

Being irked by the repeated adjournment requests, Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh directed the government’s counsel to persuade the prime minister to file his reply before the court passes any strict order.

Justice Sheikh adjourned hearing till Dec 19 and directed the counsel to come up with the prime minister’s reply to the questions raised in the petition.