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Faisal Vawda avoids tendering unconditional apology in contempt case

By News Desk

June 4, 2024 03:32 PM


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Senator Faisal Vawda has avoided tendering an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court (SC) in his ongoing contempt case that originated from the dual nationality issue, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

In his 16-page written answer submitted to the apex court, the former federal minister urged the top court to drop the matter arguing that other people had also made similar remarks, however, they had not faced similar repercussions.

Vawda has requested the court to show restraint by dismissing the case, stating his remarks were motivated by concerns for the country's wellbeing.

Vawda, set to appear before the court, addressed his remarks towards the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges' letter, intelligence agency interference in judicial affairs, and the alleged dual nationality of a senior judge.

In his response to the court, Vawda submitted transcripts of speeches by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Raoof Hasan.

In a press conference on May 15, Vawda made anti-judiciary statements.

The following day, the apex court took Suo Motu notice of Vawda's presser, in which he criticized the judiciary and asked Islamabad High Court (IHC) Judge Babar Sattar to present evidence supporting his allegations about spy agencies meddling in the judiciary.

He maintained that these individuals had also criticized the judiciary in strong terms.

Vawda pointed out that Hasan had threatened judges, while Shehbaz labelled judges as “black sheep,” and Fazl issued threats in a speech outside the SC building.

Vawda asserted his respect for the judiciary, stating that he has every respect and regard for the judiciary and could never imagine doing any act which lowered the estimation of the judiciary in any manner.

He maintained that criticising judicial decisions that negatively impact citizens should not be considered contempt.

He explained that his press conference highlighted the need for the judiciary to address issues affecting the public that have been neglected by both the judiciary and the executive.

Vawda claimed his critique was made with bona fide intentions and was fair.

The Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing for June 5, which will also address a similar case involving Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan senior leader Mustafa Kamal, who held a comparable press conference on May 16.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has submitted the transcripts of the press conference of Faisal Vawda and Mustafa Kamal to Supreme Court.

The complete record of both the press conferences and the list of TV channels that are covering have also been submitted to the Supreme Court.

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori


News Desk


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