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LHC Withdraws Contempt Notice Against Ahsan Iqbal

Lahore (September 10, 2018): The Lahore High Court on Monday withdraws contempt notice issued to former Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal.

Accepting a written apology submitted by Iqbal, the court let off the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader with a warning.

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Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi advised Iqbal to adopt good behaviour during court proceedings.

“You should be a role model for your people,” Justice Atir Mahmood remarked.

In response, Iqbal said he was grateful to the court. “I will be more careful in the future,” he said.

Justice Naqvi further said that Iqbal could still contribute to the country’s progress. “You should make positive contributions for the country. The politics of opposing one another should now come to an end.”

The three-member full bench then told Iqbal that another petition against pardoning Iqbal had been received.Justice Masood Jahangir then noted that the respondent was not part of the government. Justice Mahmood further added that the new government had recently taken charge and could not improve things immediately.

Earlier on July 02,  Lahore High Court postponed the contempt of court proceedings against Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal until September 5 after he tendered an unconditional apology in Lahore High Court.

The former interior minister showed up before a bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) when it resumed the hearing of the case against him.

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He offered an unconditional apology over his alleged contemptuous remarks against the judiciary and requested that the contempt case against him be quashed.

Justice Atir Mehmood, a member of the bench, remarked that Mr. Iqbal time and again said a party was being targeted. He asked what the judiciary has to do with targeting a party.

Iqbal’s lawyer , however, insisted that the court should now dispose of the case when his client has already tendered the apology.

This irked the judges who said if he wanted to plead the case, they decide it on merit.Contempt of Court Hearing Against Ahsan Iqbal Adjourned Earlier, counsel of Ahsan Iqbal presented his response during the hearing of the case, in which he said that his client respects the court, and appealed to dismiss the contempt of the court petition.

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The counsel of Ahsan Iqbal also appealed the court not to play footage of Ahsan Iqbal in the courtroom, on which was rejected by the court.Ahsan Iqbal had the choice to file plea over his statement in the Apex Court, but he did not.

Background

Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal had criticised Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar for allegedly levelling baseless allegation against him.

Addressing a seminar in Islamabad, Iqbal said that the chief justice had “no right to calling-name people”. “You [Justice Nisar] must issue me a charge sheet. If you have evidence, produce it before me. But enough is enough,” Iqbal challenged.“The chief justice can sit on the bench [and raise allegations]… Ahsan Iqbal had appointed a vice chancellor on someone’s patronage… Mr Chief Justice has a heart. If you can feel disrespected, we too, have feelings and respect,” he said.

Earlier, the chief justice had suspended Prof Uzma Qureshi, the vice chancellor of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). Justice Nisar also said that he had full knowledge about the role of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal in her appointment.During the hearing, when asked about her relation with the interior minister, Prof Qureshi had said that Iqbal was the student of her father. “Attempts have been made to malign me,” she maintained.

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