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CJP takes suo motu notice of Daniyal Aziz’s ‘anti-judiciary’ speeches

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took a suo motu notice of “anti-judiciary” speeches made by PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz.
Aziz has been asked to appear before the court on February 7, which is when the contempt of court proceedings against him will be taken up.
Although the court, in its notice, did not specify which “contemptuous speeches” by the PML-N leader the chief justice has taken notice of, it may be recalled that in December, members of the ruling party, including Aziz, had launched unprecedented verbal attacks on the country’s judiciary, accusing it of having different standards for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif than for his opponents.
A few days after the SC had cleared Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan in a disqualification case, Aziz, on the floor of the National Assembly, had recounted the entire history of the Panama Papers case and questioned the way the courts had conducted the matter.
Stopping just short of blaming Nawaz’s ouster in the Panama Papers case on a ‘grand conspiracy’, he had recalled how the Jamaat-i-Islami had filed a petition naming all 450 Pakistanis mentioned in the Panama Papers with the SC, which was declared frivolous and rejected.
“Imran Khan then filed a copycat petition, containing just Nawaz Sharif’s name. That too was thrown out,” he said, adding that the PTI then staged a ‘failed lockdown’ of Islamabad to put pressure on the court. But rather than sticking to its decision, the court changed its mind and took up the cases that were earlier thrown out.
On Thursday, the SC had found Senator Nehal Hashmi guilty of committing contempt of court. The court sentenced him to one-month imprisonment, barred him from holding public office for the next five years, and imposed a fine of Rs50,000.