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Talal Chaudhry given more time to hire lawyer in contempt case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave more time to PML-N leader and State Minister Talal Chaudhry to hire a lawyer in a contempt of court case.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, was hearing the case.

The minister appeared before the bench and informed it that the lawyer he had hired to plead his case expired lately.

He, therefore, sought more time to arrange for another lawyer.

The bench while granting his request adjourned the hearing till Feb 19.

During the previous hearing, the court had issued the minister a show-cause notice to explain why he may not be proceeded against for committing contempt of court by making contemptuous speeches against the judiciary. 

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had taken a suo motu notice of the contemptuous statements given by the minister against the judiciary.

The PML-N president Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and a number of party leaders have been heaping scorn on the judiciary since July 28, 2017 when the apex court sent the former premier packing.

At PML-N’s Jarianwala public meeting, Talal Chaudhry bitterly criticized the judiciary, saying: “There was a time when the Kaabah was full of idols. Today, the judiciary is also full of PCO judges.”

He had asked the party chief to throw “those judges out because they will not do justice.”

The suo motu notice came on the heels of the Supreme Court verdict, sentencing Nehal Hashmi, a PML-N politician, to a month in prison and barring him from holding public office for the next five years as punishment for his contemptuous speech.

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