The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on contempt cases against Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting, Firdous Ashiq Awan, after unconditionally apologizing for their remarks.
Earlier, IHC on Monday while rejecting unconditional apology of Firdous Ashiq Awan, had issued notices to Federal Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), over contemptuous remarks.
Justice Minallah lashed out at Sarwar during the hearing of the case for linking the release of Nawaz Sharif on bail with a ‘deal’. “You are a representative of the federal cabinet, You have raised questions on the medical board, The court announced a verdict on that medical board and you declared it as fake.”
Sarwar said that he had just expressed doubts about the medical board. Justice Minallah said, “You have tried to influence a pending case, This is contempt of court and you don’t even realize what you have said.” “I do realize, I apologize if my remarks have caused pain to the court.” Sarwar insisted
The court told Sarwar to “submit everything he wants to say in writing”. The minister replied, “I do not want to challenge this case, that’s why I make an unconditional apology.”
Awan had also appeared before the court for a hearing, the court reserved its verdict in that case as well. The high court had issued notices to both Awan and Sarwar for their remarks over an IHC verdict that granted bail to former premier Nawaz in the Al Azizia case on medical grounds.
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17 November, 2019