Top court summons Nehal Hashmi over threatening speech

Published: May 31, 2017
A file photo of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Nihal Hashmi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A file photo of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Senator Nihal Hashmi. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The ‘more royal than the king’ attitude has put another ruling party lawmaker in hot waters: Nehal Hashmi had to quit his Senate seat after a video went viral on Wednesday showing his diatribe against “those investigating” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family.

Hashmi’s threatening speech at an event in Karachi on May 28 drew instant reaction from the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar taking suo motu notice and summoning the PML-N leader to appear on Thursday (today) in person before the implementation bench supervising the work of the Panamgate JIT. A notice was also issued to the Attorney General for Pakistan.

“You are on duty today. Remember, you will be retiring tomorrow. We will make your life and [those of] your family members miserable in Pakistan,” Hashmi was seen telling an audience invisible in the short video clip.

“Listen! You ask the son of Nawaz Sharif to submit his account detail. Who are you to ask him his account details? We are the workers of Nawaz Sharif. We will make an example of those who hold us accountable. We will not spare those who have held us accountable and who are making us accountable,” Hashmi could be seen saying in the video, apparently targeting judiciary and members of the JIT constituted by the top court to probe the Sharif family’s offshore properties.

“And the one who is living in Bani Gala. The building in Model Town is not built with the money of Jemima [Khan, the ex-wife of Imran Khan]. It is built with the money of labourers like Muhammad Sharif. And this nation will make your life in Pakistan difficult as well,” he continued.

Even though Hashmi claimed that his speech was not against the judiciary or any member of the JIT, in the prevailing scenario where the ruling party’s many other leaders can be seen visibly perturbed over the accountability of their top leadership, Hashmi’s retraction does not seem genuine.

All private TV channels kept running the video throughout the day which drew strong criticism from the opposition parties in particular.

The PM Office in a statement later in the afternoon said that the premier had taken notice of the video. Asif Kirmani, political assistant to the Prime Minister, in a brief statement said: “Hashmi has been served a show-cause notice and his party membership is being suspended. He has been asked to tender resignation as party’s senator.”

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Later, a cabinet member confirmed that Hashmi had submitted his resignation to the Senate secretariat. Since, the Senate chairman, who has the authority to accept resignation of any member of the Upper House, left the house by the time, further action on Hashmi’s resignation is expected today (Thursday).

As per rules, the chairman reconfirms from a member if he is resigning on his/her own free will and that the signature on the resignation is genuine. Once the Senate chairman — or speakers in case of the National Assembly and provisional assemblies — accepts the resignation of a member of their respective houses, they intimate the same to the Election Commission of Pakistan which de-notifies the member as a lawmaker and issues schedule for polls on the vacant seat.

Hashmi hails from Karachi but the PML-N elected him to the Senate on the Punjab quota. Having comfortable numbers, it will not be difficult for the PML-N to get his successor elected from the Punjab Assembly once again.

Senator Hashmi becomes the fourth person among Prime Minister Sharif’s close aides to be fired during the last three years. Senators Pervaiz Rashid and Mushahidullah Khan and PM’s special assistant Syed Tariq Fatemi were among those who had to leave their posts on one political pretext or the other.

Former information minister Pervaiz Rashid was the first casualty, falling to the infamous Dawn Leaks. The leaked report about a meeting between civilian and military leaders cost Rashid his ministry in October last year.

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Months later in the same row, the prime minister ordered the removal of Syed Tariq Fatemi as his special assistant on foreign affairs after an inquiry into the publication of the report had found him guilty. However, Fatemi denied the charges.

Another minister of Sharif’s cabinet, Senator Mushahidullah Khan had to leave his ministry in August 2015 after his controversial interview to a foreign media outlet in which he levelled allegations against some military high-ups over an aborted long march that led to a 126-day-long sit-in by the PTI against the government.

However, Rashid and Mushahidullah Khan retained their Senate seats. Hashmi does not have any ministerial portfolio. He would be losing his senatorship.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • citizen26
    May 31, 2017 - 1:04PM

    Unfortunately he is also a lawmaker and no wonder we are least developed and most corrupted country Recommend

  • Maximus
    May 31, 2017 - 1:08PM

    Is there any shame left in PML(N) or they want to malign everyone ?Recommend

  • Sean
    May 31, 2017 - 1:13PM

    We all remember previous attack on SC by this party, so Honourable SC Chief Justice should take notice and immediately disqualify this senator, to avoid more damage.Recommend

  • syed ahmed
    May 31, 2017 - 1:32PM

    I thought it’s a parody, can’t believe it. He may be under influence of intoxication. Recommend

  • Khalid Javaid
    May 31, 2017 - 2:30PM

    Such vociferous audacity against state institutions should not go unhampered. Safety of state institutions can only ensure a future characterized by justice & rule of law.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 31, 2017 - 2:33PM

    So Mr.Nisar….now what?!!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 31, 2017 - 2:47PM

    Do we really need such democracy and democrats? are we not in reverse gear as when it comes to stabilizing system by depending on such thugsRecommend

  • Fuzail Zubaid Ahmad
    May 31, 2017 - 3:02PM

    We are neither least developed, nor most corrupt country. Please control your emotions and do not get carried away. Recommend

  • Shan
    May 31, 2017 - 4:26PM

    If Supreme court will not ensure swift punishment to this guy then no JIT can work… Recommend

  • terba
    May 31, 2017 - 4:53PM

    If Nehal Hashmi doesn’t go to jail for this, I do not know who will go for what! Utter disregard for country’s highest court of law. This guy is a typical bootlicker, subservient sycophant.Recommend

  • Rustam
    Jun 1, 2017 - 1:01AM

    @Fuzail Zubaid Ahmad: Agree with you. However, we need to realize that the comments like these are made by certain trolls who are working with a hidden agenda of spreading negatives about Pakistan, even without any relevant context. Recommend

  • Abdul rehman
    Jun 1, 2017 - 1:14AM

    I am pmln supporter i just want to say Nehal hashmi got the result what he deserved for abusive language he is a law maker and now no more and Moreover every lawmaker should be punished over irresponsible words and i am sharing a link from one of the lawmaker and i wished those clamming about moral ground’s every time should resign on moral ground’s as well after watching there history than ill believe justice is served and moral ground’s word is not only applicable on everyone else but also on pti

  • Atsul
    Jun 1, 2017 - 1:48AM

    @terba: I totally agree, this and guys like him must pay the price of threatening anyone by spending time in jail, only jail time will teach these animals some lesson and bring them closer to mankind.Recommend

  • Mirestan
    Jun 1, 2017 - 6:17AM

    This is a Drama to divert public attention from Panama leak. How nicely PLMN covered up Dawn leak which was security breach a very serious offense but drama queen handled the whole affair very intelligently and shown the door to …….. Now Panama leak handling has been started and new dramas are being staged, how to turn the tables on the institutes and opponents.Recommend

  • mrashidhai
    Jun 1, 2017 - 7:50AM

    Very unfortunate. Very shameful. Every civilized country is improving its democratic standards and we are sliding down fast (in all respects, including democratic norms and tolerance) with every passing day. Recommend

  • Anees A.
    Jun 1, 2017 - 9:08AM

    Please put him in jail and fine heavily.Recommend

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