Islamabad(April 18, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday has ordered to arrest former Senator Faisal Raza Abidi.
Hearing a contempt case against Abidi, a three-member bench of Supreme Court headed by the CJP remarked: “Faisal Raza Abidi should be brought before the court at the next hearing”.
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Chief Justice Nisar remarked: “The private television channel should be ashamed. Is this what freedom of expression entails? Had the channel not seen the programme before the show was aired?”
Responding to this, the lawyer of the private channel shared that the channel accepts its fault for airing the content, the lawyer shared that the channel has issued an official apology, adding that the anchorperson of the show has been fired as well.Over this, the CJP observed: “Is this how you apologise? You do a programme and then apologise. We don’t accept your apology.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of the alleged anti-judiciary remarks made by former senator Faisal Raza Abidi during a programme on private channel.
Meanwhile, The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has imposed a fine of Rs1 million on private channel and also placed a three-month ban on its programme .