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SC Disqualifies Nehal Hashmi For Five Years, One Month in Prison

Islamabad (February 01, 2018): Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday has sentenced Senator Nehal Hashmi to one month in prison and disqualified him for five years over contempt of court case against him.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Khosa has also disqualified the accused for five years, asking him to submit fine. The decision was abruptly opposed by Justice Dost Mohammad.

The court also rejected unconditional apology plea of Nehal Hashmi.

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Afterwards, the former leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been taken into custody, however, he retains the right to appeal the decision.

The court also ruled that Hashmi stands disqualified from holding public office for a period of five years according to Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution.

On Wednesday January 24, Hashmi had left himself at the mercy of the apex court after submitting an unconditional apology in the contempt case. Hashmi’s counsel Kamran Murtaza submitted his apology in court.

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As the hearing went under way on Wednesday January 24, the Supreme Court objected to Hashmi’s apology, in which he stated that he respects the court and is ready to sacrifice his life for it.

Hashmi, in his reply submitted to the court, had stated: “If the court feels that I have committed contempt, I apologise.”

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa asked, “What does he [Hashmi] mean by ‘if’?”

At this, Hashmi’s counsel said he apologised unconditionally on his client’s behalf.Justice Khosa remarked that “you were going to make our life miserable on earth [as per your speech]”, adding that “whatever you say to us is fine but you mentioned our children as well”.

Justice Dost Mohammad asserted that institutions should not be ridiculed, and “if the institutions are working according to the Constitution, they should be respected.”

Justice Khosa admonished the former PML-N leader’s conduct, saying: “Nehal Hashmi is a lawyer. He should act with restraint.”

The court then directed Hashmi to submit a written reply apologising for his remarks.Hashmi, following orders, offered the court an unconditional apology in writing and left it to the institution to decide his fate.

In July last year, Hashmi was charged for contempt of court following his controversial remarks.

Hashmi, in a speech to workers in Karachi at a Youm-e-Takbeer event, on May 31 had threatened the prime minister’s unidentified ‘enemies’.

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Hashmi’s remarks, were, prima facie, directed at the Supreme Court-appointed joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Sharif family’s business dealings abroad. In the video, he apparently warned individuals involved in the investigation that they would be “taken to task” for grilling the then premier’s family.

“The one you are investigating is the PM’s son,” roared Hashmi.

Without identifying who he was referring to, Hashmi said, “You will not be spared; you are in service now but remember you will retire tomorrow.”“Those investigating us [must know] we will observe your day of judgment,” he stated further.

Soon after the video emerged, Hashmi was stripped of his party membership and was made to resign from his Senate seat too. However, the resignation was later retracted by Hashmi.

The apex court in its suo motu notification taken the next day mentioned the quotes by the senator and stated: “ That by the way of the aforesaid speech you threatened judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan their families and children and members of the [Panama case] JIT and their families and children.”

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought his resignation from Senate seat and suspended his party membership.On the very same day, his party membership was also suspended.

Special Assistant to then Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani said in a statement that Prime Minister has taken serious notice of the Nehal Hashmi’s threatening statement against JIT members, SC and suspended his party membership. According to Kirmani, PM has sent show cause notice to him and ordered disciplinary action.Later, Nehal Hashmi was summoned to PM house and the then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also ordered the disciplinary action against him.

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