PM is­sued no­tice for ‘anti-ju­di­ciary’ re­marks

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

LA­HORE: The La­hore High Court has is­sued no­tice to Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi for mak­ing an “anti-ju­di­ciary” re­marks in an “In­lam­ma­tory” SPEECH In Sialkot dis­trict of Pun­jab prov­ince.

No­tice was also is­sued to the govern­ment and the Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity (Pemra) on Fri­day when the court heard a pe­ti­tion al­leg­ing that the prime min­is­ter had termed the Supreme Court’s Panama Pa­pers de­ci­sion a “piece of trash.” AD­VO­CATE AZHAR SID­DIQI iled the pe­ti­tion, ar­gu­ing that Ab­basi’s re­marks amounted to con­tempt of court, Dawn re­ported on Satur­day.

Pre­sent­ing his case in the court of Jus­tice Shahid Ka­reem, the pe­ti­tioner SAID that By mak­ing such An “In­lam­ma­tory state­ment, the PM was try­ing to make the ju­di­ciary con­tro­ver­sial.” He said ousted prime min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif and his daugh­ter Maryam had also openly crit­i­cised the apex court and its judges in their speeches, and tried to whip up pub­lic sen­ti­ment against the ju­di­ciary.

The pe­ti­tioner said now Ab­basi had also started rag­ing against the apex court, in vi­o­la­tion of the oath HE took when HE As­sumed THE OFICE of prime min­is­ter.

He re­quested the court to ini­ti­ate con­tempt of court pro­ceed­ings against PM Ab­basi and said that Pemra should be di­rected to stop news chan­nels from air­ing the prime min­is­ter’s speeches tar­get­ing the ju­di­ciary.

The court sought replies from Ab­basi and his govern­ment by the next hear­ing sched­uled for Mon­day.

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