Pakistan’s Supreme court indicted a minister in contempt case

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s Supreme court today indicted a minister in a contempt case for making critical speeches against the judicary after the apex court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers scandal.A three-member bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the case against the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Daniyal Aziz.The apex court rejected the minister’s earlier reply that his statements were presented out of context by the media.

Aziz, along with minister of state for interior Talal Chaudhry, was one of the most vocal advocates of ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the hearing of the Panama Papers scandal case by the country’s apex court, which disqualified Sharif from holding the post.Both, Aziz and Chaudhry, were rewarded with ministerial post in the cabinet of Sharif’s successor, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.Meanwhile, a Supreme Court beach headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar today disposed of a number of contempt of court petitions against former prime ministers Nawaz Sharif and Yousaf Raza Gilani, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former Senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari.

Old contempt cases against slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan Peoples Party’s leader late Iqbal Haider were also declared ineffective and disposed of.The court also wrapped up a plea against former military dictator Pervez Musharraf for holding dual office of the country’s chief executive and the army chief in 1999 after a coup against the Sharif’s government.