Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Friday said the remarks about retired officials do not warrant contempt of court charges, even if they are leveled against a former chief justice.
He moved a petition filed by advocate Kulsoom Khaliq seeking contempt proceedings against PML-N leaders Maryam Nawaz and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for trying to defame the judiciary through their statements against the former Chief Justice of Pakistan Made this remark during the hearing during the hearing. Saqib Nisar.
Abbasi had on November 15 demanded that Nisar be booked after former Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Justice Rana Shamim accused him of involvement in the denial of bail to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and Maryam ahead of the 2018 general elections. Self cognizance should be taken. : “If Mian Nawaz Sharif can go to jail, why not Mian Saqib Nisar?”
His comment came after a investigation report, published in News Quoted by journalist Ansar Abbasi, a former top judge of GB in a purported affidavit as saying that he had directed Nasser to a High Court judge not to release the father-daughter duo in the context of corruption against him saw.
Hearing a plea against PML-N leaders to decide about its admissibility, the Chief Justice of IHC today said that the person who was targeted through the remarks (Nisar) was himself an act of contempt. can claim and file a defamation case if they so desire.
Justice Minallah insisted that the judges were open-minded about criticism, saying, “Judges hold a very high position and should welcome criticism.”
The petitioner, Khaleque drew the attention of the Chief Justice to another case against Ansar Abbasi and others on the inquiry report pending with the IHC.
However, Justice Minallah observed that this is a separate matter and should not be linked to the present case.
The IHC later reserved its decision regarding the maintainability of the petition.