(Khuda Ki Basti):Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah, while delivering a reserved judgment on the petition filed against PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for making the judiciary controversial, declared the petition inadmissible.
The court had reserved judgment on whether the contempt of court petition against Maryam Nawaz and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was admissible or inadmissible.
The Supreme Court has written a five-page judgment in favor of the petition seeking to make the judiciary controversial.
Earlier in the hearing, Chief Justice Athar Minallah reserved his judgment after hearing the arguments of the petitioner’s female lawyer in which he maintained that the allegations made against former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar at the press conference were contempt of court.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that a person who is himself a victim can also file a defamation suit.
Petitioner’s counsel said that show cause notice case of senior journalist Ansar Abbasi is also pending before him.
On which Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that it is a separate case and should not be associated with it. The first thing is that judges are open minded about criticism.
He remarked that there is no contempt of court even if it is a former Chief Justice.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that judges are in a very high position and criticism should be welcomed.
Later, the court reserved judgment on whether the contempt of court petition against Maryam Nawaz and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was admissible or inadmissible.
It may be recalled that former Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Justice Rana Shamim had accused former Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar of not granting bail to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz before the 2018 general elections. ۔
Former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had rejected the allegations leveled by Rana Shamim and termed it as fabricated.
Later, PML-N leaders sharply criticized Saqib Nisar.
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz had said that former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar should tell who forced her to punish Maryam and Nawaz Sharif while propaganda has started with the audio coming out.
On November 15, 2021, the news of journalist Ansar Abbasi was published in the English daily ‘The News’ with the headline that Saqib Nisar had directed not to grant bail to Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz before the 2018 elections.
Former Chief Justice of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim was quoted in the investigative report of journalist Ansar Abbasi in The News as saying that he had said in the alleged affidavit that he was a witness that Saqib Nisar had asked the High Court judge. Instruct Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz not to grant bail in corruption references.
In the alleged affidavit, Rana Shamim has claimed that the former Chief Justice of Pakistan had come to Gilgit-Baltistan to spend his holidays in 2018 and on one occasion he appeared to be talking to his registrar on the phone and appeared ‘very upset’. Asked to contact.
Rana Shamim said: that Saqib Nisar finally contacted the judge and he told the judge that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz must remain in jail till the election is held. And asked for another cup of tea.
According to the document, on this occasion Rana Shamim told Saqib Nisar that Nawaz Sharif has been deliberately trapped, to which the former Chief Justice said that “Rana Sahib, the chemistry of Punjab is different from that of Gilgit-Baltistan”.
Saqib Nisar’s denial
Speaking to Dawn.com, former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar vehemently denied the allegations against him and termed the report a “fabricated story”.
“I have not spoken to anyone or any judge regarding Mian Sahib’s case,” he said.
He said that he only remembers the conversation with Rana Shamim when he called him to offer condolences on the death of his wife.
Saqib Nisar said, “At that time he complained about the extension of his term while there could be any reason behind his claims.”
He emphasized that the allegations were “absolutely baseless”.
Asked why he would not issue a public statement on the matter, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan said, “Why should I? I don’t want to fall that far. “