Pakistan court issued notices to Sharif on contempt petition

Vastavam web: The legal woes of Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family mounted today when a top court issued notices to them for allegedly committing contempt of court during a rally in Punjab province last week.The Lahore High Court issued notices to the federal government, Election Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to submit their reply by February 14.She said Maryam made the most adverse remarks about the five judges who handed down disqualification to Sharif.

Maryam in her address had said: “The SC judges had asked Imran Khan (cricketer-turned-politician and Pakistan Tehreek- e-Insaf chairman) to file a petition so that they could oust Nawaz Sharif as he (Khan) had failed to make that happen through protest movement. The judges acted as lawyers of Imran Khan and they were party against Nawaz Sharif.” The petitioner said Pemra did not block these hateful and ridiculing remarks passed against the judiciary. LHC Justice Shahid Karim adjourned the hearing till February 12.

Pakistan Chief Justice Saqib Nisar recently had said that the court would take notice against Sharif and others’ contemptuous remarks about judges at an appropriate time.Sharif, 68, is already facing three corruption cases linked to the Panama Papers case in an anti-graft court.