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Pakistan's apex court indicts minister in contempt case

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan's today indicted a in a contempt case for making critical speeches against the judicary after the apex court disqualified former in the scandal.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, heard the case against the ruling Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker

Aziz, the privatisation minister, who was present in the court, pleaded not guilty when charges were read out by Justice Mushir Alam, which included ridiculing the court and making anti-judiciary statements.

The apex court rejected the minister's earlier reply that his statements were presented out of context by the media.

Aziz, along with of state for interior Talal Chaudhry, was one of the most vocal advocates of ousted during the hearing of the scandal case by the country's apex court, which disqualified Sharif from holding the post.

Both, Aziz and Chaudhry, were rewarded with ministerial post in the cabinet of Sharif's successor,

But now, both are in hot waters and separately facing the contempt of court proceedings for making the anti-judiciary remarks.

The is likely to indict Chaudhry tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a beach headed by Justice today disposed of a number of contempt of court petitions against former prime ministers and Yousaf Raza Gilani, Punjab and former

Old contempt cases against slain former and Peoples Party's late were also declared ineffective and disposed of.

Similarly, a contempt petition against lawmaker and Sharif's son-in-law, was also disposed of.

The court also wrapped up a plea against former military dictator for holding dual office of the country's executive and the in 1999 after a coup against the

The Justice also observed that the court was noting anti-judiciary remarks being made by some leaders and would take up those cases at an appropriate time.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 18:25 IST