SC issues notice to Daniyal Aziz over anti-judiciary speeches

SC issues notice to Daniyal Aziz over anti-judiciary speeches

Islamabad (Staff Report): The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued contempt of court notice to Federal Minister for Privatisation Daniyal Aziz over his speeches against the judiciary.

The court taking notice of the tirade has ordered Aziz to appear before the court on February 7.

According to media reports, the apex court issued the notice over contemptuous speeches and statements made by Aziz during different TV talk shows.

On Thursday, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the anti-judiciary speeches by the PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry.

The court will hear the matter against the state minister for interior affairs on February 6, when Chaudhry has also been asked to appear.

On Thursday, A three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justices Dost Mohammad and Maqbool Baqar gave the decision today in a 2-1 order with Justice Dost abstaining. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on the senator.

Hashmi was taken into custody by police officials present in court following the order and transported to jail.

The bench dismissed an unconditional apology, which Hashmi had submitted to the court on January 24 for his threatening video message against "those investigating" former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in Panama case.

In a video that went viral on the internet shows a disgruntled Senator Nehal warning rivals and ‘some honourable officials associated with top institutions’ of dire consequences if they continued their concerns with the accountability of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

“Whoever is asking for accountability will retire tomorrow and we will deal with them,” insinuated Hashmi in a veiled threat to the top judiciary currently probing the ruling Sharif family in the backdrop of Panama papers.

“Those grilling… [be warned that] we will arrange the day of judgment for you.”

“You are making the life of the prime minister difficult. The Pakistani nation will make it difficult for you to live,” he added, without taking any names.