ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday rejected a plea accusing Prime Minister Imran Khan of contempt of court for his recent remarks on the judiciary, saying the courts do not fear criticism nor are sensitive about it.
Earlier, in the day court had reserved its verdict on the maintainability of the petition.
Filed by Advocate Saleemullah Khan yesterday, the petition said that the premier had “committed serious contempt”.
It referred to remarks made by the prime minister during a speech he delivered at the inaugural ceremony of Havelian-Mansehra section of the Hazara motorway at Havelian, where he urged Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa and senior judge of the Supreme Court Justice Gulzar Ahmed to restore public confidence in the judiciary. The premier said there was a perceived disparity in how the powerful and common people were treated in the country’s judicial system.
Prime Minister Imran’s statements had come days after the Lahore High Court (LHC) issued a verdict allowing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for four weeks for medical treatment. The LHC, in its order, had also exempted Nawaz from paying the indemnity bond worth Rs7 billion, which the government had demanded from the PML-N supremo as a condition to let him go.