Islamabad High Court verdict on contempt of court petition against PM Imran Khan
ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reserved its verdict on Tuesday on the admissibility of a petition accusing Prime Minister Imran Khan of contempt of court for his controversial remarks on the judiciary in a recent speech.
During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked the petitioner what issue he has with the prime minister’s speech. The petitioner responded that the prime minister had ridiculed the judiciary.
It is noteworthy that the petition filed by former inspector general police Saleemullah Khan contends that Prime Minister Imran Khan in his speech on November 18 committed contempt and tried to make the judiciary controversial.
The chief justice said the courts welcome criticism on them, to which the claimant replied that there is a difference between criticism and humiliation.
“Do you want the trial of an elected prime minister?” Justice Minallah asked. “Do you know the outcome of such a move? Do you want the prime minister to be disqualified?,” Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked.
The petitioner also submitted a video recording and transcript of PM Khan’s speech along with the petition.
Meanwhile, the court will announce the verdict regarding maintainability of the petition against the prime minister.