Supreme Court ‘hopes’ Imran’s lawyer will file ‘correct details’

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, to submit a response to the federal government’s request, which presented evidence that he (Imran) was aware of the ordinance of May 25 before its announcement. to join D-Chowk in Islamabad. A larger bench of five members of the court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case of contempt of court. The federal government, through the Home Office, had filed a motion to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Imran Khan for breaching his May 25 order, in which the PTI was prevented from holding its long march. near H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad. . However, Imran Khan headed for D-Chowk. During the proceedings, the Chief Justice said the bench hoped that Imran Khan’s lawyer would submit correct details. The Supreme Court used its jurisdiction cautiously and could issue no order on any expectation, he added. He said the court was very aware of the exercise of the contempt jurisdiction, but argued that he was aware that the court’s instructions had not been followed. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Amir Rehman has demanded that Imran Khan be held to abide by the law if the administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) allows the PTI to hold its march in Islamabad. Barrister Salman Aslam Butt, a solicitor for the Home Office, said there were some things that could not be presented in court. The court formed a committee whose names were presented to the court, he added. Judge Ijaz noted that at that time the bench requested names from the parties regarding the holding of the H-9 ground procession. The names were submitted to the court after the deadline and it was also said that jammers were present at the time, he added. Salman Aslam Butt, called on the bench to pass on instructions to obtain direct call recordings (CDRs) to verify that phones were working in the area where Imran’s convoy was demonstrating on May 25. At that time, all the information was available on social networks. , he added. Judge Mazahar Naqvi asked how the CDRs would be useful. He asked how the May 25 order had been communicated to Imran Khan, as the head of the PTI may not have had his phone at the time. Salman Butt said Imran Khan held a cellphone in his hand during the protest. Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the order that was given at the time was broadcast within half an hour. He said the court would hear the arguments of Imran Khan’s lawyer instead of the articles written in the newspapers. CJP Bandial asked Imran’s lawyer; “You made an argument that the court order spread around the country through media and social media?” To this, Raja said the court orders went viral on social media after some time. The CJP observed that Imran Khan announced to see Dr Chowk 40 minutes after the court order. He noted that the Supreme Court shows restraint in using its contempt powers, saying the court only takes action when its orders are violated. Judge Bandial said: “We are not issuing any orders at this time.” He also said Khan had submitted a detailed response and hoped it was correct and based on facts. Salman Butt said the question was whether or not the mobiles worked on the container. “My answer is that there were mobile towers operating near the containers at the time,” he added. On this, the Chief Justice said that in this case, the bench should consider carefully before going any further. The court noted that the petitioner had submitted an application detailing the contacts. A response was filed last night to which the opposing party needs time to respond, he added. The seat pointed out that opposing counsel should file his rejoinder and that the USB drive produced in court should also be provided to the opposing party. Subsequently, the hearing of the case was adjourned for a week.

Jon J. Epps