Statements against Awan: LHC dismisses petition against Sanaullah

Published: June 20, 2011
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Court says Babar Awan should move the court himself if he has any reservation against Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: INP/FILE

Court says Babar Awan should move the court himself if he has any reservation against Rana Sanaullah. PHOTO: INP/FILE

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed a petition requesting a criminal case against Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for his remarks against Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Babar Awan.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry said Babar Awan should move the court himself if he has any reservation against Rana Sanaullah. Justice Chaudhry also said the petitioner is not the affected party in the case.

The petitioner Advocate Ansar Mehmood had filed a plea against the Punjab Law Minister seeking a criminal case against him under the Criminal Procedure Code.

After the budget was announced on June 10, Sanaullah criticised Awan and Punjab Governor Khosa, calling them “black sheep in black coats”. Sanaullah claimed that Awan was a corrupt lawyer who accepts fees from “corrupt elements who looted the Bank of Punjab”.

He further added that Awan and Khosa are considered “obnoxious characters” within the lawyers community and they should be eliminated. Sanaullah had used the word Wajibul Qatl (liable to be killed) to describe Awan.

Sanaullah’s behaviour had caused an uproar in the Punjab Assembly and the Senate. The Senate had passed a resolution against him saying the provincial government must remove him from his post over his statements against Senator Babar Awan.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • grink
    Jun 20, 2011 - 11:25AM

    This decision was expected! It’s not going to make any difference whosoever files the petition – the courts shield these people no matter what they do.Recommend

  • Sher Ghazi
    Jun 20, 2011 - 12:01PM

    Wl done Rana seb,,,God bless you and implement your wordings % clean this Pak from blacksheeps,,,Recommend

  • MA
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:21PM

    Every one of these corrupted black sheeps is Wajib-ul-qatal if asked from Awaam.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:57PM

    @sher gazi what you think Rana is a pious man.

    He tortured a person in Faialabd to grab his properity.
    He has ill leagel Plaza near Lahore Hight court and many other thing. sharif court(LHC) is here to serve PML N. Welldone LHC Chief when you will retire Shahbaz will let you live in G.O.R. as long as you wish.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:06PM

    This was expected from LHC. Yes, if any petition comes from any Tom, Dick or Harry against PPP and their supporters will be welcomed with open arms. This is what the whole country is witnessing.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:16PM

    every pakistani is wajbul-qatal according to each other viewsRecommend

  • waqas
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:56PM

    rana sanaullah 1 babar awan 0 Recommend

  • Pakistani Punjabi (PP)
    Jun 20, 2011 - 8:24PM

    Real face of so-called AZAD judiciary.
    Any one can file petition against Federal Govt and Federal ministers.
    But NOT against Punjab Govt. or Punjab,s minsters.
    Question: how so-called AZAD Judiciary can accept petition against angels?
    heheRecommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 21, 2011 - 1:18AM

    This creates and interesting legal situation. After this decision of LHC, anybody can call for his opponent’s murder by branding him Wajibul Qatal. This is not a crime and he can get away with that.

    How about the other four provinces? LHC has no jurisdiction in the other provinces and they can decide that it is a crime. What would happen then? The HC would contradict each other. Let the SC decide for the country if it is OK to brand your opponents Wajibul Qatal? With legal culture like this, no wonder the Punjab gov and minister for minorities were murdered and their killers were received hero’s welcome.Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jun 21, 2011 - 5:36AM

    Surely the petitioner, advocate Ansar Mehmood, who had filed a plea against the Punjab Law Minister, knew he was not the affected party?

    I suggest the Bar Association request the aforementioned advocate to immediately furnish documentary proof of his legal qualifications. Recommend

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