Imran Khan, the former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), will be charged with contempt of court after threatening Zeba Chaudhry, an additional district and sessions judge.
His explanation was deemed “unsatisfactory” by a five-judge panel that included IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justices Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, and Justice Babar Sattar.
Imran Khan’s statement, according to IHC CJ Athar Minallah, “was not adequate,” and the former prime minister will be charged with contempt of court on September 22.
As the court was set to announce its reserved verdict in the contempt case, Imran Khan requested the court to allow him to speak. The IHC CJ then stated that the court had heard his attorneys.
The decision was made by a five-judge panel consisting of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justices Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, and Justice Babar Sattar, who labelled his response as “unsatisfactory.”
Imran Khan’s explanation “was not adequate,” remarked IHC CJ Athar Minallah, adding that the former leader will be charged with contempt of court on September 22.
Imran Khan asked the court to give him the opportunity to speak before the court announced its reserved decision in the contempt case. The IHC CJ then stated that his attorneys had been heard by the court.
Imran Khan’s comments fall under the category of criminal contempt, according to IHC Chief Justice Athjar Minallah, and in such circumstances, the intent is irrelevant.
“We informed you that it was criminal contempt during the previous hearing. The court noted that your client had mentioned a judge hearing an ongoing case.
Hamid Khan, the Khan’s attorney, was ordered by the court to read section 9 of the contempt of court ordinance. The CJ IHC declared, “District courts constitute a red line for our court.”
Imran Khan has committed both criminal and judicial contempt, according to the show-cause that was issued to him, Justice Babar Sattar stated during the hearings.
Do you use the same defence if you’ve made similar remarks against a judge on the high court or the supreme court? “What do you think of district court judges more than higher judiciary?” the IHC CJ questioned Hamid Khan.
The chief justice of the IHC stated that Justice Babar Sattar recently dismissed a claim of contempt against Fawad Chaudhry, and even if Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhry’s comments had come under their purview, they would never have paid attention to them.
“We’ll never issue a notice of contempt for embarrassing this court. But your case involves criminal contempt,” the court told Khan’s lawyer.
Before the court, the attorney general and judicial assistants argue
Following the conclusion of Hamid Khan’s speech, the court also called the attorney general to the dais. According to Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, Khan was pardoned in a comparable contempt case in 2014.
It’s crucial to consider the motivations underlying any display of disrespect, he added.
In response to the contempt case against Imran Khan, attorney Munir A. Malik said that courts should always exercise restraint when using their authority. He declared, “I will be the last person to believe that a speech has affected this court’s judgement.”
He said that two things, such as an apology and the suspect’s behaviour, might have a contempt notice dismissed. “The behaviour here demonstrates respect for the court.”
Judge Assistants and the Attorney General debate in court After Hamid Khan finished speaking, the court also called the attorney general to the dais. Khan was pardoned in a comparable contempt case in 2014, according to Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf.
Imran Khan submits second reply:
Imran Khan apologised profusely for his unintended remarks made at the Faisalabad rally in his second response to the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) contempt of court summons, which was issued on Wednesday.
In his statement before the IHC, Imran Khan thanked the IHC bench for providing him a second chance to respond to the matter and said he could not imagine saying anything disparaging about the court.
He continued by saying that his statements were not intended to offend Judge Zeba Chaudhry and that they were profoundly regrettable if they had. Imran Khan continued in his response by assuring the court that he will not hesitate to apologise to the woman.
Last hearing of IHC:
Imran Khan was given an additional 7 days to make a new statement after the IHC deemed his previous response to the contempt of court case “unsatisfactory” during the last hearing.
The IHC hosted the hearing for the PTI Chief’s contempt of court lawsuit. The former prime minister’s answer to the contempt notice was received with dismay by Chief Justice Athar Minallah.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah stated during the hearing that he had read a statement from Imran Khan and had not anticipated this reaction from him.
“The lesser courts should be given prominence because they are not elite tribunals. The chief judge told Hamid Khan, who was defending the PTI chairman, that we did not anticipate such a comment from his client.
The chief judge remarked that he anticipated the error would be realised and that the comment would be regretted. He said that it was unclear from the written response whether Imran Khan is aware of what he has done.