The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday (Nov. 7) rejected the unconditional apology of TV anchor and MNA Aamir Liaquat Hussain and indicted him in a contempt of court case, under article 204(3) of the Constitution. Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Umar Atta Bandial heard a contempt of court case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA.
“I seek an unconditional apology and leave myself at the mercy of the court,” Liaquat said during the hearing. “I have also apologised before,” he added.
The court, referring to a statement made by Hussain, said it “tends to disrespect and ridicule this court, and thereby, you obstructed, interfered and prejudiced the process of law and due course of proceedings of this court. You, therefore, are guilty of committing contempt of the Supreme Court of Pakistan within the meaning of Article 204 of the Constitution […] read with section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, punishable under section 5 of the said Ordinance.” However, Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked, “We had set today as the date for indictment and the time for apologies has passed.”
In August, Hussain was charged over contempt of court, a petition filed by Geo News anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada, Independent Media Group, Jang and Geo Group. The petitioners had pleaded that court had warned the TV anchor for not using derogatory words against anyone, in his show. But he continued defamatory campaigns and unethical manner of conducting television shows.
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23 August, 2019