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LHC Dismisses Contempt Plea Against Nawaz Sharif

Lahore (August 18, 2017): Lahore High Court on Friday dismissed a contempt of court petition against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

According to details, Lahore High Court has dismissed the contempt of court plea against Nawaz Sharif non-maintainable and declared that it is not in court’s jurisdiction.

Rana Shah, a local lawyer, filed a petition that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader committed contempt of court in his ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches during GT Road Rally.

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He requested the court to take action against Nawaz and should stop media from broadcasting his speeches.

A lawyer representing the federal government during the hearing maintained that only the court who has been supposedly targeted can take action on the contempt of court. Subsequently, the court dismissed the petition and told petitioner to take his case to Supreme Court.

Representing the petitioner, Advocate Muhammad Rana Shahid argued that Nawaz Sharif and his team has committed sedition by trying to defame state institutions of judiciary and army. He alleged that the motive behind committing contempt was to influence the process of filing of reference(s) by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) before trial court against charges of corruption.The counsel submitted that the respondents has not only committed contempt of court but also defamed judges of the Supreme Court besides criticising the institutions. He said every person including government functionaries was required to respect and obey orders of the courts with due dignity for the institution.

The Nawaz Sharif counsel has the stance that the court which was affected of contempt would has the right to hear the case.

On which, LHC judge said that Panama case verdict was given by five-member bench of supreme court and only supreme court can hear the contempt case.

Court directed the petitioner to approach supreme court in this connection.

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