ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Captain (r) Safdar reacted to news of Nehal Hashmi’s disqualification by stating that it seemed as if notices may have to be issued to 22 crore people.
Speaking to media personnel after the Avenfield supplementary reference hearing was held, Captain (r) Safdar said that the feelings expressed by Nehal Hashmi were shared by households across the country.
“It seems as if notices may have to be issued to 22 crore people,” he said.
Captain (r) Safdar said that the judiciary was restored as a result of a movement but unfortunately things did not work out well. He slammed the report prepared and submitted by Wajid Zia, who headed the JIT formed to investigate Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers case.
“The entire case is being tried on the basis of a false report,” he said.
PML-N leader Nehal Hashmi was arrested the day before on the orders of the apex court and was disqualified for five years.
The three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justices Dost Mohammad and Maqbool Baqar gave the decision today in a 2-1 order. Justice Dost Mohammad refrained from commenting on the decision and stayed silent instead. He voted against the decision.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan took a suo moto notice of Nehal Hashmi’s incendiary speech from May 31 in which the PML-N leader targeted judges of the apex court.
Nehal Hashmi had targeted ‘enemies’ of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose disqualification case was being heard by judges of the apex court back then.
“You are in service now but remember now–you will retire tomorrow,” he had thundered. “You will not be spared.”
Hashmi had tendered an unconditional apology for his remarks a couple of days ago. The apex court rejected his apology and announced the verdict.
Story first published: 2nd February 2018