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Threatening speech: Nehal Hashmi submits reply to Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: Senator Nehal Hashmi submitted his response to the Supreme Court in a case pertaining to his incendiary and threatening remarks against the judiciary and the Panama JIT, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

In his reply, Hashmi denied threatening the judges and the members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family. He submitted that he had not threatened any JIT member, nor had given any contemptuous remarks against the judiciary.

He reiterated that his statement was taken out of context. A specific part of his speech was repeatedly played causing irreparable damage to his reputation.  He pleaded to the judges to take action against the conspirators.

Earlier, the  apex court had given him  ten days as a last chance to submit his reply in the case.

The three-member bench – headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan – had taken up the case against Hashmi over his threats to the judiciary and JIT members.

“For cause of justice, one more chance is being given to submit his reply within 10 days,” Justice Ejaz observed while directing the attorney general to handover the transcript to Hashmi, which delivered to him instantly.

Subsequently, Hashmi pleaded with the bench to nullify the criminal cases registered against him in Karachi, to which Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh of the bench replied that is not the court’s concern.

It is worth mentioning here that the top court had taken a suo motu notice after Hashmi’s — then the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh secretary general — video surfaced on May 31 in which he threatened those investigating the prime minister.

The bench will take up the case on June 23.

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