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Contempt of court plea filed against Sharif’s daughter
By Tariq Butt November 11, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking contempt of court proceedings against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam for her alleged contemptuous remarks against judges of the Supreme Court.

Amna Malik of the Civil Society Network filed the petition through advocate Azhar Siddique pleading that on Nov.8, a press statement was released by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and its leadership wherein Maryam committed a contempt of court, ridiculed and scandalised the judges.

However, the statement was issued by the PML-N and not by Maryam. In her tweets, Maryam severely criticised the judges for delivering a strong judgment on the review petition filed by Sharif against their July 28 verdict in which he had been disqualified as the premier and the member of the National Assembly. The petition did not mention the hard-hitting tweets.

Malik alleged that in the PML-N statement Maryam defamed the judges of superior courts besides criticising the State institutions. She contended that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) chairman was equally responsible for defaming judges as he failed to stop the airing of the contemptuous remarks of Maryam on the news channels.

The petitioner also annexed with the petition clippings of Maryam’s statements broadcast on news channels and published in newspapers.

She asked the court to initiate contempt proceedings against Maryam and the Pemra chairman over their contemptuous conduct. The LHC is yet to fix the hearing of the petition.

Also on Friday, a special court in Islamabad dismissed an application for summary disposal of a case registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against former chairman Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan [SECP] Zafarul Haq Hijazi.

Hijazi argued that a conspiracy against him was being hatched as there was no evidence against him, noting that a bail had been granted to him based on the grounds as well.

However, special court judge Irum Niazi dismissed the application, observing that there was sufficient evidence to proceed against Hijazi.

The court adjourned the case to Nov.29 for further presentation of evidence.

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