Rana Shamim statement affidavit case Decision will be made in the light of freedom of expression

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has observed that the court will rule in the light of freedom of expression and will not deviate from Article 19. On Monday, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah during the hearing of the case clarified that the publication of the affidavit in the newspaper is not a central issue but a secondary issue.

Rana Shamim statement affidavit case Decision will be made in the light of freedom of expression
Rana Shamim statement affidavit case Decision will be made in the light of freedom of expression

The Chief Justice assured Nasir Zaidi, Judicial Assistant, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), that this is no longer a contempt of court case but an open inquiry so as to allay the suspicions raised regarding the judges of this court. Can be done During the hearing, Rana Shamim's lawyer Latif Afridi, Jang Group's Ansar Abbasi and Amir Ghauri besides lawyer Reema Omar and journalist Nasir Zaidi appeared as judicial assistants. The court was told that Attorney General Khalid Javed did not appear due to his physical condition Can be

Chief Justice Athar Minallah told Latif Afridi Advocate that the affidavit has been sealed and if you want, you can ask for it and open it. Whether you want to open it now or later, open it yourself in the presence of the Attorney General. The court questioned Rana Shamim's lawyer that his client believed that what was printed in the newspaper was in accordance with his affidavit which was confirmed by Latif Afridi.

The Chief Justice said, "We will now hold an interim hearing on this and if you convince the court that the text of your affidavit did not create suspicion on the judges of the court, we will also dismiss the case." Will We are hearing the case with an open heart. Lawyer Latif Afridi said that his client had not leaked his affidavit or given it to anyone.

On this, the Chief Justice said, "This is an open inquiry. Your client has raised suspicions in this court. You can either point a finger at the judge of this High Court." If you can convince the court that it should not proceed in these circumstances, I will accept it wholeheartedly. "

The Chief Justice remarked, "This affidavit raises questions about this court. This court will not ask the journalist the source of his news, although there are examples in the UK, but we will not ask the source. But the public perception has to be removed. If it is true then we are ready to take action but everything will be in accordance with the law then the confidence of the people will be restored. Justice Athar Minallah said that Rana Shamim also gave the impression that the affidavit may have been leaked from Notary Public. If so, was any action taken against him in UK?

The Chief Justice said, "If freedom of expression goes against the public interest, then it is different. It is not possible for him to make an affidavit and use the newspaper for any purpose. This court has always expressed its opinion." The problem with the courts is that judges cannot hold press conferences, they cannot issue press releases.

The court clarified on the occasion that a request has been made by Ansar Abbasi regarding (erroneous reporting of ARY) which shows that some observations of this court have been misreported. Islamabad High Court Journalists Association President Saqib Bashir also raised the issue of press release issued by the court on which the Chief Justice clarified that it was an incident which was brought to the notice of the court. Is.

The Chief Justice said, "No one's name is mentioned in the judicial press release, therefore it was not written, only one person misreported." Pointing to Ansar Abbasi, the Chief Justice said that it was also pointed out in his petition. Addressing Saqib Bashir, the Chief Justice said, "He has praised the High Court reporters before. Needless to say."

Journalist Nasir Zaidi, while giving arguments in the court, said that the decisions of three courts of the world are exemplary that contempt of court proceedings do not take place in cases of expression.

Nasir Zaidi said that in the past, after the removal of the Junejo government, the Army Chief had sent a message to the then Chief Justice through Wasim Sajjad not to restore the government.

On this, the Chief Justice said that the situation is different in every case. This court assures that it is in favor of freedom of expression and decisions have been given in this regard, to which Nasir Zaidi said that there is no doubt that this court has protected freedom of expression. Ansar Abbasi explained that he had reported an affidavit by a chief judge against a former chief justice.

Judicial Assistant Reema Omar appeared in the court for the first time and wanted to give her arguments. The Chief Justice said, "The case is yet to be heard on the charge sheet. Will Reema Omar said that she wants to bring out the facts about contempt of court in the world. Is contempt of court necessary in a democratic society?

On this, the Chief Justice said that if we are hearing the case with an open mind, then you should also think with an open mind that this is not a contempt of court proceeding. What could this court do more than help you and Nasir Zaidi and your recommendations will be taken into account in the decision?

It may be recalled that former Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Justice Rana Shamim had taken notice of the news regarding the affidavit by the Islamabad High Court. According to the news, the former Chief Justice has written in his affidavit that before him former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had talked to a judge of Islamabad High Court on the phone about a case.

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