'Contempt': Imran Khan decides to appear in court in person

Published: August 1, 2013
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File photo of Imran Khan addressing a conference. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

File photo of Imran Khan addressing a conference. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has decided to appear at the Supreme Court in person in connection with the contempt of court case, Express News reported on Thursday.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday issued a contempt of court notice to PTI chairman Imran Khan for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the top court and its judges.

Taking notice of Imran’s comments at recent news conferences, Justice Chaudhry directed the PTI chief to appear before the court on Friday (August 2) and explain his views pertaining to the judiciary.

“Prima facie it seems that Imran Khan has started a deliberate campaign to scandalise the court and bring the judges into hatred, ridicule or contempt,” Justice Chaudhry noted in his written order.

A notice was also issued to Attorney General Munir A Malik.

Imran Khan has been criticizing the court for moving the presidential election schedule from August 6 to July 30, aside from blaming the pillar of the state and the Election Commission of Pakistan for failing to hold free and fair elections on May 11. In recent interviews and press conferences he has lambasted the Supreme Court for not taking notice of what he terms the ‘most rigged’ elections in Pakistan’s history.

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  • Ibrahim
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:03PM

    The voice of millions will be the winner in this illogical and biased contempt notice!!

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  • asim
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:04PM

    BE bold to ask the court why LAW is applied selectively?

    why Nawaz allowed to become PM despite serious allegations?

    What are invisible forces behind him?

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  • Kamran
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:05PM

    Imran Khan you are revolutionary leader. Dont play system system. Buldoze this one. Nation stands right behind you, just give us a call. We will built new system based on trully Justice.

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  • Sami
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:14PM

    Go get um’ Khan !Recommend

  • sattar rind
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:18PM

    should fight if he is true sportsman

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:23PM

    What happens when an Honorable Justice passes a judgement in favor of his associate’s family without any merit which is a simple Prima facie evidence of judicial corruption to the extent that a secondary school kid could easily identify the injustice delivered? I guess its a ‘Wise Decision’ & not a contempt of court :(

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  • ak
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:27PM

    good decision by Imran khan !

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  • startrek
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:29PM

    He will explain that his statements were misunderstood and that he fully respect sc and that his threats for coming on streets against sc should be taken as political point scoring and nothing else.

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  • Nadir
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:30PM

    IK to look court in the EYE!!

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  • Zafar Iqbal Awan
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:41PM

    I strongly believe that Imran Khan shall not indulge in controversy with the apex court. He will give deserving honour to the Supreme Court and settle the contempt issue amicably. Imran Khan is still young and some time Josh-e-Khitabat detracks the sensible leaders to imbalance words. Judiciary must be respected. There is lot of improvement. Their hard efforts and honest decisions are on record and whole the nation by and large acknowledge the integrity of Supreme Court. The PTI Chairman must keep in mind that blaming and accusing the Judiciary shall support and promote corruption and crime in this society.

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  • Saleem
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:42PM

    Chaudhry saheb is taking it too far, someone needs to tell him he’s only an ordinary human being not a Khuda that he can’t be wrong. This iis plain absurd.

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  • Surprised
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Brave Kaptan.
    Tell these judges that what injustice was done to the nation and No Suo Mo Tu was taken on the Poll Rigging videos aired on many news channels.

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  • ank
    Aug 1, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Imran Khan endorsed the selection of Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim. Imran Khan appreciated judiciary for giving historic judgements on NRO,NICL,EOBI and many other scams. Imran saluted judiciary for standing up for rule of law. Imran saluted judiciary for deleting fake 3 million voters. Imran saluted judiciary for disqualifying fake degree holders. Imran saluted judiciary for pursuing Zardari s Swiss corruption cases. But now judiciary is bad. Why? Because he has not been given majority by the people of Pakistan?

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  • Blithe
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:00PM

    @ank:
    Good point .
    IK is unbelievably immature.

    A 5 year old could do a better job running the party.Recommend

  • H.A. Khan
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:07PM

    Engage a lawyer.
    The statement when I heard it did sound angry,rude and accusing.

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  • MFaisal
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:15PM

    He cant make fool to SC.. he must be dealt with Iron Fist… CJ has done alot to this country as compare to IK’s World Cup and Shoukat Khanum… has have not done anything good… He have not filed a single case against any politician for corruption and etc… what is he waiting for… Highly Disappointed by IK..

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  • Aug 1, 2013 - 5:34PM

    IK submit to the dignity of the court, and the majesty of law. Don’t listen to those who want you and the court to destroy each other.

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  • AHMED
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:34PM

    Yeah, If Altaf can do it. IMRAN can do it too. I think everyone should start to do that… i m in favor of IMRAN but their should be some real punishment. LAW should be practised not to just amend every time someone is involved from ELITE.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:34PM

    He does not understand the power of SC. His bubble will be burst like Tahir-ul-Qadri.

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  • Mohammad
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:44PM

    May Allah make it easy for him and make him one of the righteous. Ameen.

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  • Ali Tipu
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:54PM

    I just hope PTI doesn’t attack SC like PMLN did in 1997 when the honorable judges had to hide in their chambers to save their lifes. There must be some difference between the two

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  • Khan
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:56PM

    EYE TO EYE With CJRecommend

  • jibran
    Aug 1, 2013 - 5:57PM

    Don’t appear in person. It is easier to defend a sentence before you serve it. What if you get it till the rising of the court, like Gilani. You won’t have much option there. And don’t do any muk muka.

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  • jibran
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:12PM

    @Zafar Iqbal Awan:
    Imran Khan is still young

    Sorry couldn’t disagree more. Among Zardari, Imran, and Nawaz, he’s the oldest.

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  • Thor
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:21PM

    Our justice system isn’t neutral, its based on emotions and sentiments.

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  • Usman
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:25PM

    I salute you khan sahb for your this decision. This was the first thing whcih came in my mind after cj action. You are right and INSHA ALLAH you gonna win and my beloved Pakistan gonna win. God bless you khan sahb.
    By the way some people only born to hate on this planet…

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  • Ali Baloch
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:26PM

    Hey chiefy! ever heard of Faisal Raza Abidi???

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  • Maverick
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Mr Chief Justice: you deserve to be treated with contempt by not only one politician but by the entire people of Pakistan!

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  • Rabbani
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:40PM

    Frankly, I agree many short-comings can be easily identified in the higher judiciary, but given the circumstances in Pakistan, we need to understand that the SC is indeed doing a remarkable job. It’s seriously bad conduct on the part of politicians to drag judiciary resolve political disputes, and still worst on others, who do get involved in such gimmicks. Lastly, the parties, including IK’s, will do this nation a service by avoiding to run a malicious campaign against the SC. SC is ours, and we need to respect it and amend it, no matter what.

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  • Alter Ego
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:40PM

    When will this judicial fascist be removed? Havent we had enough of dictators trying to run our country?

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  • Saeed
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:52PM

    SC would not dare give any punishment to Imran, they know it will be the end game for them if they do. IK will also be caucious. Everything will turn out fine with happy ending.

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  • LOK
    Aug 1, 2013 - 6:55PM

    Imran, you would do a favour to yourself by getting rid of lota advisors around you. This is the time to focus on KPK, not to confront SC. I sincerely hope that sanity will prevail.

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  • Naseer
    Aug 1, 2013 - 7:07PM

    What a joke. Does this country give any right to her citizens to express their feelings? Our judiciary is acting like Faro; you can’t question their judgement or actions!

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  • Xnain
    Aug 1, 2013 - 7:17PM

    @jibran:
    Yes indeed, like they say,’the older one grows, the more childish he behaves.”

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  • waqas
    Aug 1, 2013 - 7:24PM

    EYE to Eye :P

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  • test
    Aug 1, 2013 - 7:52PM

    I have yet to see CJ take any action against the biggest criminal organisations of Pakistan: TTP, MQM, Ittefaq foundaries

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  • Pmahmud
    Aug 1, 2013 - 8:24PM

    Hire Faisal Reza Abedi as adviser to help you.

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  • Chill
    Aug 1, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Tell CJ, I am only answerable to Allah. I don’t give a damn what the creep CJ’s verdict is…
    Haan Haan main Bhaghi Hun

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  • FAZ
    Aug 1, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Chaudry sahab please note that after every rise there is a fall..
    You are the supreme justice authority, please act like one! Not taking pseudo motto action against the rigging complains, not forcing NADRA and election commision to run the finger print analysis in the reportedly rigged constituencies is a crime on your part chief sahab. It has led people to believe that you are not a neutral authority and your biasness towards Noon has been badly exposed!!

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  • Riz
    Aug 1, 2013 - 9:22PM

    NRO granted amnesty to politicians, political workers and bureaucrats who were accused of corruption, embezzlement, money laundering, murder, and terrorism between 1 January 1986, and 12 October 1999. Are we out of that time because its still same for all. Acts of CJP are going to make Pervaiz Musharraf hero and Musharraf will again win the favor of public. TUQ and IK are already timed device for political change. It seems a new vacuum could be created due to biased judiciary. Heavy Mandate of NS and Others Mandate including IK and PPP makes 55% of turnout. It means 45% can still make their hidden contribution into that vacuum.

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  • fyza gandapur
    Aug 1, 2013 - 9:55PM

    Chief justice is serving Nawaz very faithfully. What stopped him from taking Suo moto action when the whole nation witnessed rigging in the recent elections?

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  • Musa
    Aug 2, 2013 - 10:56AM

    IK and PTI belong to us the people of Pakistan. PTI is not a family limited party…. like PMLN belong to Noora & family and PPP belong to Zadari/Bhuto & family…

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  • omer
    Aug 2, 2013 - 3:45PM

    Dear brothers and sisters,
    please notice 1 most important thing.chief justice is a hero of pakistan and entire nation including imran khan stand behind him.imran still have great respect for chief justice.dont come in propoganda of ppp and some anchors who are paid by malik riaz.remember chief justice stance against curruption is inevitable.so never think that imran khan and chief justice are going to do anything wrong.

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