IHC dismisses petition seeking contempt proceedings against Maryam, Abbasi

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday dismissed the review petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Maryam Nawaz and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

The petitioner had contended that the statements made by PML-N leaders against former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar “were tantamount to committing contempt of court”

Earlier in November 2021, a single bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah declared the plea inadmissible saying that: "Criticism of the former chief justice does not fall under contempt of court"

Subsequently, the petitioner filed a review petition before the division bench of the IHC, which upheld the decision announced by Justice Minallah, Express News reported

Also read: Judges not immune from public criticism: IHC The IHC division bench comprising Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Arbab Muhammad announced the verdict today

The bench remarked that the petitioner failed to tell the court which of the court order was violated by the PML-N leaders

“Contempt of court case is between the court and the contemnor, hence contempt of court proceedings cannot be initiated at the whims of anyone,” the court observed

PML-N leader Maryam had demanded that former CJP Nisar should tell the nation as to who had “pressured” him to convict her and her father, former premier Nawaz Sharif, in the aftermath of an audio leak of the ex-top judge

“This [case of] judicial interference is the fifth testimony in favour of my father,” she had told reporters at a news conference accompanied by other party leaders

"Either today or tomorrow, you will have to tell the nation the truth

There is still time,” she added

Date:02-Jan-2022 Reference:View Original Link