ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday reserved its verdict on contempt of court cases against Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan after both of them offered unconditional apologies for their remarks.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah reserved verdict on the cases, which will be announced on November 25.
During the hearing of the case, Justice Minallah lashed out at Sarwar for linking the release of Nawaz Sharif on bail with a deal, saying: “You tried to make people lose confidence in institutions by your remarks.”
“You have tried to influence a pending case,” declared Justice Minallah. “This is contempt of court and you don’t even realise what you have said.”
“The court announced a verdict on that medical board [constituted by the government] and you declared it as fake.” To this, the aviation minister said that he had “expressed doubts” about the medical board.
“The purpose of summoning you here is to make you understand,” the chief justice said.
Later, Sarwar offered an “unconditional apology” and said: “I apologise if my remarks have caused pain to the court.”
The court told Sarwar to “submit whatever he wants to say in writing”. The minister responded: “I don’t want to contest this case that is why I am offering an unconditional apology.”
On the other hand, Firdous Ashiq Awan had also appeared before the court for a hearing of a similar case and submitted an unconditional apology like Sarwar. The court reserved its verdict in that case as well.
The high court had issued separate notices to Sarwar and Firdous for their remarks over an IHC verdict that granted bail to former premier Nawaz in the Al Azizia case on medical grounds.