SC issues contempt notice to Altaf Hussain

MQM chief issued notice for contemptuous speech; ordered to appear in person on January 7.


Web Desk December 14, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain was issued a contempt of court notice by the Supreme Court on Friday, Express News reported.

The MQM chief has been ordered to appear before the court in person on January 7.

The court was hearing the case pertaining to the implementation of recommendations given by the Supreme Court in the Karachi unrest case last year.

A three-member bench presided by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the contempt of court notice under Article 204 of the Constitution and Section 3 of the Contempt of Court law.

Altaf Hussain, in his telephonic address, had termed the judges' remarks "unconstitutional” and “undemocratic” and that they amounted to contempt for the mandate given by the people of Karachi and presented an “open enmity” for the metropolitan.

The chief justice said that the speech given by Altaf Hussain after the delimitation order was not only contemptuous but also held a note of threat.

Hussain had called on the chief justice, President Asif Ali Zardari and the federal government to take notice of the remarks, adding that constitutional action should be taken against the judges who made these comments.

He said the speech had contained unnecessary criticism and unnecessary allegations against the judges.

“Is it now expected of us to not even do our job?” enquired the chief justice, adding that the bench working for peace in Karachi was criticised.

The court also ordered PEMRA to provide a transcript of the MQM chief’s telephonic address.

COMMENTS (123)

Punjab | 9 years ago | Reply

Yes, I'm a convenient scapegoat aren't I, given 55% of Pakistanis are Punjabi. You complain I dominate your Army - your military is at least 30% Pathan and has produced 2 Pathan dictators. And even one Muhajir dictator (Mushy, anyone?) You complain I drain your water - to produce crops that make that Roti in your kitchen a reality. Fact is that Punjab sustains Pakistan. Let any Punjabi go to Balochistan and get killed, let any Baloch come to Lahore and enjoy hospitality and a tikka.

We are not ethnic minded. You are. We speak Urdu and talk in terms of Pakistan. Consider doing the same, dear Sindhis/Pathans/Baloch/etc

Muzafar | 9 years ago | Reply

we don't want to have such leaders who scared of living his own country, remove him from the leadership, as always lives outside of pakistan. He fears for his life! how can he provide security to other people..

We don't want him anymore remove him... send him to where he always living.. ban him from pakistan. rat leader always hidden.

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