ISLAMABAD: The special Supreme Court bench overseeing the implementation of the Panama case verdict will hear Senator Nehal Hashmi’s reply in the contempt of court proceedings against him.
The court had taken a suo motu notice after Hashmi — then the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Sindh secretary general — hurled threats against ‘those investigating the prime minister’ in a video surfaced on May 31.
At the last hearing on June 5, the three-member bench — headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan —had given Hashmi till today to file his reply as he had pleaded for time citing lack of a legal representative and possession of his speech’s transcript.
After that hearing, speaking to the media outside the apex court, Hashmi thanked the Supreme Court for listening to his plea.
Referring to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he said they [PTI] distorted my speech. “This is a criminal act as per the relevant laws,” he said, adding that [PTI Chairman] Imran Khan is the one who has committed contempt. He further claimed that his reply to the court will prove this.
Hashmi’s party membership was suspended by the prime minister as soon as his speech made the airwaves while a few days later a criminal case was registered against him in Karachi on directions of the attorney general.
Hashmi also resigned from the Senate on orders of the party leadership but later took back his resignation, against party wishes.