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Pak court issues notice to PM for making anti-judiciary speech

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

A Pakistani has issued a notice to for allegedly making an anti-judiciary speech in which he termed the Panama papers verdict a "piece of trash", according to a media report. filed the in the Lahore High Court, stating that Abbasi's comments on the judgement amounts to committing contempt of court, Dawn reported. Presenting his case in the of Justice Shahid Kareem, the petitioner said that by making such an inflammatory statement, was trying to make the judiciary controversial. He said that earlier ousted and his daughter had openly criticised the apex and its judges in their speeches, and tried to whip up public sentiment against the judiciary. He said that now had also started talking against the apex court, in violation of the oath he took when he assumed the office of He requested the to initiate contempt of proceedings against and said that Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) should be directed to stop channels from airing the prime minister's speeches targeting the judiciary. The issued notices to Abbasi, the federal government and Pemra and sought their replies by the next hearing scheduled for January 15. The Panama Papers are an unprecedented leak of over 11 million files from the database of the world's fourth biggest firm, Mossack Fonseca, reportedly showing how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. On July 28, a five-member Supreme bench had ordered the to file three corruption cases against Sharif.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 14:25 IST
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