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Pakistani Finance Minister Asad Umar speaks to the media during a press conference after stepping down from his ministry, in Islamabad on April 18, 2019. - Pakistan's finance minister Asad Umar has stepped down, he announced on April 18, with no replacement yet named as Islamabad seeks a crucial bailout deal with the International Monetary Fund. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI / AFP)

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LHC summons PTI leader Asad Umar for making anti-judiciary speech in long-march

LHC’s Judge Justice Jawad Hassan observed that Asad Umar targeted the courts and judges in his November 26 speech.

LHC Summons PTI Leader Asad Umar For Making Anti-Judiciary Speech In Long-March:

LHC Summons PTI Leader Asad Umar For Making Anti-Judiciary Speech In Long-March

RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD: The Lahore High Court (LHC) today directed PTI Secretary-General Asad Umar to appear before the LHC Rawalpindi bench in connection with his speech against the courts and judiciary on Nov 26.

Addressing the long-march participants, the PTI leader made the anti-judiciary speech, offending the judges. 

Justice Jawad Hassan of the Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court heard the petition on Monday. Additional registrar of the LHC’s Rawalpindi registry filed the petition against the PTI leader’s anti-judiciary speech on Nov 26. 

Deputy Commissioner of Rawalpindi, CPO, and Advocate Faisal Chaudhry appeared before the court for the defendant.

LHC’s Judge Justice Jawad Hassan observed that Asad Umar targeted the courts and judges in his November 26 speech.

He said, “Asad Umar scandalized the courts in his speech during the November 26 rally and used contemptuous words against the judiciary.”

LHC Judge said, “No institution or personality can be made controversial, under Article 14 of the Constitution. The court has the authority to punish under Article 204(B) of the Constitution.”

Therefore, LHC judge has summoned the PTI leader in person in the court in the next hearing on Dec 7. He also sought the video transcript of Asad Umar’s speech.

What did Umar say?

Addressing the Nov 26 long march participants, Asad Umar said that the nation could see that the doors of justice were closed even in the Supreme Court.

“Judges were troubled when they had to change their route due to road blockage,” he said.

He also said that the nation does not see justice in this country.

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