ISLAMABAD: Lahore High Court (LHC) has expressed resentment over non filing of reply by federal government on plea  challenging the honorary ‘knighthood’ title given to former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif by British Queen Elizabeth II.

The court while giving last chance to government has remarked if no reply comes from government on next hearing then ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.

A single bench of court presided over by Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh took up the case for hearing Thursday.

The petitioner barrister Muhammad Javed Iqbal Jaffri told the court that   Queen Elizabeth  awarded title of  knighthood to former PM Nawaz Sharif .. Nawaz Sharif received the title of Sir  without the approval from cabinet and parliament which is gross violation of article 2-A and 249 of the constitution. This act on the part of Nawaz Sharif is against national interest and a mark of slavery., Indian PM had refused to receive this title from British Queen Elizabeth.

He prayed the court to direct Nawaz Sharif to return the title of Sir to British Queen Elizebith.

Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Mian Irfan Ikram requested the court to give additional time to file reply by federal government.

The court while expressing displeasure over it remarked one and a half year has  been elapsed and federal government is using delaying tactics. Nawaz Sharif has neither appeared in person nor through his counsel. He is still not appearing in the court. Court has exercised much restraint and no more dilatory tactics will be tolerated.

The court while adjourning the hearing of the case till January 10 remarked if federal government does not file reply on next hearing then ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.