Pakistan

Threatening speech: Supreme Court rejects Hashmi’s reply

ISLAMABAD: Rejecting Senator Nehal Hashmi’s response to his incendiary and threatening remarks against the judiciary and the Join Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Sharif family’s London properties, the Supreme Court said on Friday that it will indict him in a contempt of court case on next hearing, ARY News reported.

A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, was seized with the hearing of the contempt of court case initiated on suo moto notice against former PML-N’s loyalist for his diatribe against the judiciary and the JIT members.

The judges irked when they were informed that Hashmi had proceeded to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. His counsel pleaded to the court to adjourn the hearing as the senator had gone to perform Umrah.

Justice Ejaz Afzal observed that Hashmi didn’t bother to inform the court about his travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah and added  he should have sought the court’s permission.

The bench said it would indict Hashmi in the contempt of court case in the next hearing on July 10.

In his reply, Hashmi  had denied threatening the judges and the members of the 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.

It is worth mentioning here that the top court had taken 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 against the prime minister.

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