Former senator Faisal Raza Abidi was released from Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail on Sunday, Express News reported.
The former Pakistan Peoples Party leader's release comes after a three-member bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Yahya Afridi accepted his unconditional apology and discharged a contempt notice.
Faisal Raza Abidi throws himself at mercy of court
The apex court, however, emphasised that the decision would not affect anti-terrorism court (ATC) proceedings against Abidi, wherein he is facing a similar charge of using derogatory remarks against Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.
Speaking to media after the release, Abidi said he repented during the imprisonment as any law-abiding citizen would. On his political future, he said he would announce final decision in next 15 days.
ATC rejects Faisal Raza Abidi’s bail plea
In the apology submitted before the top court, Abidi said he remained behind bars and was presented before various courts in handcuffs, resulting in his and his family’s humiliation - which is another punishment.
“I have learned to be more responsible and calculating in my expressions, words and actions, therefore this piece of writing called apology I surrender before the mercy of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take lenient view about me and acquit me from all the charges/cases. I hereby give assurance that in future I would be circumspect in my utterance,” he said.
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