LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz leader Hamza Shahbaz and Ayesha Ahad Malik decided to withdraw cases against each other following the arbitration of Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar for resolving their dispute.
The three member-bench headed by Chief Justice heard Ayesha Ahad's suo motu case at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry, wherein Hamza Shahbaz and Ayesha Ahad, who claims to be wife of Hamza, appeared before the bench in response to being summoned.
During the proceedings, the Chief Justice asked Hamza and Ayesha for resolving the dispute amicably in the chamber, saying that he was making such an offer for being an elderly.
To which, both agreed and attended chamber proceedings wherein Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan were also present.
Following an hour-long discussion in the chamber, the Chief Justice announced that an agreement had been reached between the two while dictating the order. He ruled that both would not indulge in passing any comments against each other on media and would not publicly discuss the conditions agreed upon in the discussion.
Earlier, Ayesha Ahad Malik submitted that she could swear on oath that she got married with Hamza in 2010.
However, Hamza refuted the statement saying that he never contracted marriage with her. He claimed that there was no proof of marriage.
At this, the Chief Justice asked Hamza to exercise his right to divorce Ayesha if they had ever been married. "If proven that you were living together without marrying, it would be a major embarrassment," the CJP warned him.
The Chief Justice asked for resolving the dispute amicably, adding that a joint investigation team would be formed comprising officers from other provinces besides Inter Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence representatives for probing the matter otherwise.
It is pertinent to mention here that Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar had taken a suo motu on a complaint of Ayesha Ahad Malik who had approached him against delay in her cases and threats to her and her daughter's lives. APP