Contempt of court: In written reply, Imran Khan sticks to his words

Published: August 27, 2013
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PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

PTI chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: In his detailed written reply to the Supreme Court in a contempt of court case, Imran Khan reiterated that the term “shameful” is not an abusive word and should not be considered as contempt, Express News reported on Tuesday.

The 21-page long reply will be submitted to the apex court today – a day before the second hearing of the case is scheduled.

A press statement by Imran on July 26 triggered the contempt of court controversy when he said that the judiciary was involved in rigging during the May 11 elections. The PTI chief had later said the statement was made in good faith wherein the reference to the judiciary was for the returning officers (ROs) and district returning officers (DROs) belonging to the subordinate judiciary assigned to the election process.

Imran appeared before the court on August 2 in this regard and submitted a brief written reply.

Unimpressed by the reply, the apex court bench adjourned the hearing till August 28 and asked Imran’s counsel to submit a comprehensive response at the next date of the hearing.

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  • sabi
    Aug 27, 2013 - 1:07PM

    ”term “shameful” is not an abusive word”
    If you wouldn’t mind people calling you -‘shame on you’ in general terms you are a dheet isn’t it?

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  • Bilal
    Aug 27, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Thats like my Boy, Proud of him.

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  • sabi
    Aug 27, 2013 - 1:15PM

    Some time a louder tone is abusive even if no bad word used.If Ik thinks Shameful is not abusive he has to prove sc as his personnel friend!Recommend

  • Aalu
    Aug 27, 2013 - 1:20PM

    Imran Khan true to his words and commitment.Recommend

  • Sonya
    Aug 27, 2013 - 1:21PM

    For a ruler to have a rift with Army in Pakistan is a dangerous thing but what is more worst when judiciary joins hand with ruler against all others – Imran Khan – we are ready for a final battle for just system in Pakistan.

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  • zeeshan
    Aug 27, 2013 - 2:15PM

    Keep it up IK, it is good thing to stick on your words.

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  • Blunt
    Aug 27, 2013 - 2:38PM

    Uttering SC a word (shameful) is way way lower contempt than attacking the same institute, but people would not like it.

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  • Zuhaib Khan
    Aug 27, 2013 - 2:39PM

    The overrated CJ who doesn’t know where to intervene and where not to. The top brass of justice department has become too egoistic to be running this department.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Aug 27, 2013 - 2:55PM

    Hanif Abbasi should start canvassing for the by-election in NA-56 now.

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  • Kamran
    Aug 27, 2013 - 3:11PM

    IK is a great leader. Why CJ is nt listening him when he talks abt the riging.

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  • Sabir Cheema
    Aug 27, 2013 - 3:48PM

    @Aalu: Yes Imran Khan is true to his commitments when it hurts his ego but what about his election commitments. His 90 days commitments are yet to start. KPK is model of bad governance instead.Recommend

  • Iram
    Aug 27, 2013 - 3:57PM

    There is a word “compromise” in dictionary but our leader has his own dictionary. Please find a midway, please. Recommend

  • Pak
    Aug 27, 2013 - 4:11PM

    Shame on you Mr. Khan.

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  • FACT
    Aug 27, 2013 - 4:38PM

    It would have been great on part of IK, if he had mentioned to court that in his view shameful was not offensive but if court thinks I have hurt SC honour, I apologies. But as expected he would do something, which would prove him arrogant, ignorant and stubborn. This is why PTI will keep going down and down. Humility is a Tree of great fruits.Recommend

  • Muhammad A Chaudhry
    Aug 27, 2013 - 4:40PM

    This news makes me think where the freedom of expression stops and where the contempt begins. Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan states that freedom of speech and expression is a right that every citizen of Pakistan shall have, but further it is explained that it is not an absolute right and is subjected to certain limitations and one of them is in relation to contempt of court. Contempt of court broadly speaking takes two forms, the first one is civil contempt which is the failure to obey the order of a superior court by a party involved in a civil action. The second form occurs when there is some conduct on the part of accused which is calculated to interfere with the due administration of justice or to bring the courts into disrepute and this gives rise to criminal proceedings. There could also be contempt in the face of the court but that is a separate issue from these proceedings. It is with interest that I wait to see where the lines would be drawn this time.Recommend

  • EJ
    Aug 27, 2013 - 4:44PM

    21 pages? How efficient.Recommend

  • Sajid SIAL
    Aug 27, 2013 - 4:56PM

    In a good mood sometime, friends used same word but no one bother it as CJ felt.

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  • fahad
    Aug 27, 2013 - 5:04PM

    @EJ:
    They asked for detailed reply. What do u except?Recommend

  • Sajid SIAL
    Aug 27, 2013 - 5:05PM

    Sometime, friends use this word maximum and, but no one bother it as CJ felt.

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  • Hassaan Naeem
    Aug 27, 2013 - 5:07PM

    It is not the matter of proving a word inappropriate or otherwise before the Court but the issue is the attitude of a leader of Imran’s demeanor and stature that he should display in the proceedings before the Apex Court. In my opinion, it would be better if Imran shows the world that he is a responsible leader of millions of educated masses and should not stick to something that is not going to bring any good to him or to PTI. It has been a long struggle that a third option in the shape of PTI has emerged and it seems that we might loose it if we doesn’t act wisely and sober but act like other political parties with which we are already fed-up!

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  • aqib
    Aug 27, 2013 - 5:11PM

    December will be a happy month for many in Pakistan, as a very contentious figure will be leaving the scene.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Aug 27, 2013 - 5:44PM

    @Iram:

    Yeah right! In IK’s dictionary, “Compromise” is replaced by “Political Expediency.” That’s why we see the likes of JI and Sherpao his most trusted allies in KPK. Oh BTW, doesn’t raking in an assorted cast of “Lotas” and rejects of the “Status Quo” qualify as a “Compromise?” I would most definitely subscribe to the Ilzami Webster Dictionary to further enlighten myself.

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  • Saleem
    Aug 27, 2013 - 5:52PM

    @Hassaan Naeem:

    Well said.

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  • Khan
    Aug 27, 2013 - 8:30PM

    That’s right IK, stick it to those goons masquerading as gatekeepers of ultimate justice. We are with you.

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  • Outerwings
    Aug 27, 2013 - 11:28PM

    I find this absolutely unacceptable! “Shameful” is one of the worst possible things you can say to anyone! (Especially in our culture) and here Mr. Khan is trying to REDEFINE the language to suit his ends. What is even more painful is his supporters blinded by their love for their leader coming to forums like this and ‘defending’ him.. Unbelievable

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  • Fiz
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:25AM

    committed to be stubborn (dheet).

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  • Aalu
    Aug 28, 2013 - 12:51PM

    @Sabir Cheema:
    Please wait and see……if you donot know how to count 90 days. it is not my mistake. Please refer to below links to enlighten your self.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/595852/mobile-courts-in-k-p-pass-first-verdict/
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/595382/kalam-visit-empowering-people-is-real-change-says-imran-khan/

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Aug 28, 2013 - 1:03PM

    @Aalu:

    Mobile Courts in an initiative taken by PHC and ANP, how does it constitute to be a feather in the cap of PTI?

    Handing over of two power stations in Kalaam is a joint venture between Sarhad Rural Support Program and European Peace Project. Again, it has nothing to do with PTI or KPK Government.

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  • Aalu plus
    Aug 28, 2013 - 2:32PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    It contributes to PTI as they are one’s who accomplished the mission! Why don’t you answer to me what was the ANP government doing about it in the past 5 years. No answer.

    PTI has handed over the two power stations to Sarhad Rural Support Program. However, ANP did not do it in the last 5 years. Maybe they were cashing in on the European Peace Project.

    I know you are a die hard of PMLN. And I ask you what will the PMLN do in the last 2 times it got in power……No answer.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Aug 28, 2013 - 4:41PM

    @Aalu plus:

    Sorry mate but I don’t buy your argument especially when the current set-up in KPK is busy pasting inauguration tombstones on the same projects which were initiated by ANP. If ANP didn’t do anything in the last 5 years and according to your erstwhile leader were busy indulging in “Easy loads,” why ANP has not been brought to tasks for its alleged corruption, mis-governance and other shenanigans? After all, eradication of corruption is the cornerstone of PTI’s manifest and we are yet to witness any accountability or audit of the past KPK Governments.

    As for being a die hard PML-N, indeed I am and take great pride in it too! As for PML-‘s performance in the two previous stints it got, Economic Reforms, Motorways, Gawadar Port, Nuclear Tests, Restoration of Judiciary, Danish Schools, Laptops, Subsidized Housing for the poor are just some of the achievements of PML-N governments of the past and rest assured that Pakistan’s path to recovery and stability will also be charted by NS and PML-N.Recommend

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