LHC to take up contempt petition against Nawaz Sharif

Elias Hubbard
August 15, 2017

The petitions were filed by Sharif's lawyer Khawaja Harris on Tuesday, asking the apex court to dismiss the applications of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, AML chief Sheikh Rasheed, and JI chief Sirajul Haq.

He added that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and the information minister were contacted several times to take notice of Sharif's remarks against the judiciary over his disqualification by the top court but they did not respond.

The top court took up the case in October previous year on petitions filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Awami Muslim League and Jamaat-e-Islami.

The petition alleging contempt charges against the former prime minister was filed by Amina Malik of Civil Society Network.

The court also issued notices to foreign minister Khawaja Asif, Pakistan Railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafiqu and 12 other PML-N leaders to file their comments till Aug 25. She sought contempt proceedings against Sharif under Article 204 of the Constitution.

The petition pleaded that Nawaz should be tried for both, treason as well as contempt of court.

The JIT members during the seven-week period interrogated eight members of Sharif family including Nawaz Sharif, his younger brother Shehbaz Sharif, sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz, daughter Maryam Nawaz, son-in-law Captain Safdar, cousin Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and brother-in-law Ishaq Dar and submitted its report on July 10. Petitioner's counsel Azhar Sidduqe advocate had on Friday filed the petition before the LHC requesting it to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the former prime minister for making speeches against judges of the Supreme Court who disqualified him in Panama Papers' case.

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