SC gives time to Imran Khan to give reply on evidence in contempt of court case


Supreme Court (SC) while giving time to PTI Chairman Imran Khan to give reply on evidences in contempt of court case adjourned the hearing till next week.

The state counsels during the hearing of the case told the court the USB filed by the interior ministry proves that mobile service was not closed at that day. Tweets and posts kept on coming from long mach container to social media continuously and long march target was to go to D-Chowk.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial gave remarks on the arguments of the state counsels there are some facts of the case. The state counsels are saying jammers were not there. The court order had spread all over the country through social media. This court is very cautious in exercising the contempt of court powers. Like wise SC is too cautious that our orders are not violated.

A five members larger bench of SC presided over by the CJP took up the case for hearing.

During the hearing of the case Justice Mazahir Ali Naqvi while addressing lawyer Suleman Ahmad Butt inquired if the other side of USB refutes then what will happen.

The lawyer Suleman Aslam Butt took the plea no matter if they refute. Tweets have been coming from their own tweets. CDR will reveal that mobile was operated from where. If it deems proper, the court should seek CDR.

Additional Attorney General Amir Rehman requested the court PTI should be made bound to law during long march.

The CJP remarked we can not pass such order in contempt of court case.

Member judge of the bench has differed from previous order. We say to counsel for Imran Khan that his client should follow the law.

Suleman Akram Raja counsel for Imran Khan told the court I have no directives from my client on this matter. Copy of miscellaneous reply and USB have not been provided to me.

The CJP inquired from Suleman Akram Raja do you expect that your client will defy the law.

He replied no, not at all.

The court while providing copy of miscellaneous reply and USB to counsel for Imran Khan and other respondents maintained interior ministry has filed additional material with miscellaneous reply. Screen shots and tweets and other things are included in additional material. These were checked. Imran Khan, Faisal Chaudhry and Babar Awan have filed their replies. The interior ministry can file reply to reply on the reply of the respondents.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till next week.

Breach of promise- Postponement of the IMF review dangerous

KARACHI, Nov 17 (Online): Chairman of National Business Group Pakistan, President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum, and All Karachi Industrial Alliance, and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday said the postponement of the IMF ninth review mission is very dangerous.

The economy does not have the capacity to oppose the IMF, so the agreement made with the international organization should be respected, he said.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that the former government did not show seriousness in dealing with the IMF, as a result of which the economy was ruined and the rupee became as worthless as tissue paper, the effects of which will take at least ten years to recover.

Talking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that the mistakes of the previous government should not be repeated.

Pakistan can get a tranche of 894 million dollars only after the success of the ninth review of the IMF, but neither the flood damage has been accurately assessed nor the revenue has been increased as per the deal with the lender, he added.

The business leader said that no specific measures have been taken to increase revenue, reforms in the energy sector are not being made and sales tax on petroleum products is being delayed and which is unacceptable to the IMF.