SC gives Daniyal Aziz 10 days to ar­range for a lawyer

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wed­nes­day gave PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz ten days to ar­range for a lawyer to de­fend him in the suo moto con­tempt case against him.

Aziz had been is­sued a no­tice for con­tempt of court for an "anti-ju­di­ciary" speech made by him. The no­tice did not spec­ify which speech had prompted the ac­tion. The PML-N leader on Wed­nes­day in­formed the court that he was un­aware of why he had been sum­moned, at which Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed re­sponded that noth­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate will hap­pen in the case and all de­tails will soon come for­ward.

The hear­ing was ad­journed un­til Fe­bru­ary 19 af­ter Aziz was given time to ar­range for his lawyer. It is per­ti­nent to men­tion that fol­low­ing last year's Panama Pa­pers judge­ment in which Nawaz Sharif was dis­qual­i­fied, mem­bers of the rul­ing party, in­clud­ing Aziz - on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions - have launched un­prece­dented ver­bal at­tacks on the coun­try's ju­di­ciary, ac­cus­ing it of hav­ing dif­fer­ent stan­dards for the for­mer prime min­is­ter than for his op­po­nents.

Another PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry, who ap­peared in the SC yes­ter­day in con­nec­tion with con­tempt case against him, was served a show-cause no­tice and given a week to ar­range for his lawyer. De-seated Ne­hal Hashmi is al­ready serv­ing a month's im­pris­on­ment for his tirade against ju­di­ciary last year.

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