SC adjourns PM contempt case hearing over lack of evidence

Published: March 27, 2012
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Aitzaz Ahsan ordered to present case on April 12. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Aitzaz Ahsan ordered to present case on April 12. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has adjourned the contempt of court hearing against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani till April 12 over lack of evidence, Express News reported.

Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan was not present in court when the 7-member bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk began the hearing, upon which the court gave a 10-minute break.

When it resumed, Aitzaz told the court that he did not like that the newspapers mocked him when he was unable to appear in court due to his illness, reporting that when the co-defendant mentioned Aitzaz’s  illness, Justice Nasirul Mulk smiled.

He also added that since he was unable to prepare for the case due to his illness, he needed some time for preparation.

Upon being questioned by Justice Nasirul Mulk as to when he will be ready, Aitzaz replied that he could not give a deadline as a lot can be said on Article 10-A and like the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, he had not even begun. Hearing this, the court adjourned the hearing till April 12.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Parvez
    Mar 27, 2012 - 5:24PM

    It looks more and more like the court lacks the will to do what needs to be done. Another set back for the people.

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  • Zabandraz
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:30AM

    Terrorists have been released by the courts so what if Gillani also acquitted in the contempt case!!!

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  • gp65
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:39PM

    @Parvez: So if the court does not convict Gilani – it is not an independent judiciary but rather a compromised one lacking the will to do what it must and is a source of disappointment for the ‘people’. When the same court fails to convict any terrorists which army and ISI are trying to get a conviction for, the fault is of the prosecution competence and laws of evidence. When the same court fails to convict Hafiz Saeed it is an independent judiciary and its decision cannot be questioned.

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  • butt jee
    Apr 12, 2012 - 12:46PM

    It is a very obvious case of naked defiance of the court orders. Acquittal or even prolonging the proceedings will render the courts vulnerable to negative criticism.

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