SC reserves judgment in Nehal contempt case

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Wednesday reserved judgment in a contempt of court plea against Senator Nehal Hashmi following his unconditional apology.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heared the contempt case against Hashmi.

During course of proceedings, Kamran Murtaza cousel for the Senator submitted unconditional apology on behalf of his client but the bench raised objections on the words used in the submission.

“If the court feels that I have committed contempt, I apologise.” these were the w-ords your client used for apo-logy, Justice Asif Saeed Kho-sa asked Mr. Kamran, adding what does Hashmi means by ‘if’.

To this, Hashmi’s counsel said his client apologized conditionally however it was drafted by my junior.

Subsequently the bench directed Hashmi to submit an edited written apology till 2:00 pm.

Nehal Hashmi, following orders, submitted the court an unconditional apology in writing and left it to the institution to decide his fate.

Justice Dost Mohammad remarked that institutes working under the constitution should be respected.

In a video speech Mr. Hashmi allegedly warned individuals involved in the investigation against former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his family for consequences.

Subsequently, Chief Justice Nisar took suo moto notice of Pakistan Muslim League-N senator Nehal Hashmi’s remarks.