IHC dismisses contempt petition against Sharif

Petitioner Niazi Inqalabi had said that Sharif had committed contempt of court when he delivered a speech on August 25


Our Correspondent December 19, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday dismissed an intra-court appeal (ICA) seeking contempt of court proceedings against deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif for speaking in an insulting manner against the judiciary and the army.

A division bench, headed by Justice Athar Minallah, dismissed the ICA, declaring it not maintainable.

Petitioner Niazi Inqalabi had said that Sharif had committed contempt of court when he delivered a speech on August 25 at the Muslim League Lawyers Forum in Lahore and spoke about five Supreme Court judges and army in an insulting manner.

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According to the petitioner, Sharif raised 12 “insulting questions in a contemptuous manner” and wanted to derail the system.

He requested the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sharif and punish him in accordance with the law.

He also prayed that the Ministry of Information Technology secretary and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority be ordered not to telecast insulting material against the judiciary.

A single bench of the IHC had earlier dismissed Inqalabi’s petition so he filed an ICA against the order, which was also dismissed on Monday.

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