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Imran Khan appearing in IHC today in contempt of court case, willing to ‘take back’ words but without apology

“The respondent submits with humility that if words he uttered are inappropriate, he is willing to take them back,” he said, requesting the IHC to evaluate the speech within the context it was made.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and former prime minister Imran Khan is appearing in Islamabad High Court today in the contempt of court case. In his reply to IHC’s show-cause notice, Khan said he is ready to ‘take back’ his words about judicial officer Zeba Chaudhary, but he did not seek unconditional apology.

The PTI chief submitted a response to the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) show-cause notice in the terrorism case registered against him for threatening the additional sessions judge.

According to Khan’s reply, “As someone who believes in rule of law and strong independent justice system, the respondent does not believe in hurting the feelings of honorable judges.”

“The respondent submits with humility that if words he uttered are inappropriate, he is willing to take them back,” he said, requesting the IHC to evaluate the speech within the context it was made.

PTI chairman added that his remarks against the additional sessions judge were not obstruction of justice, nor were they intended to undermine the integrity and credibility of the judicial system.

The PTI chief requests the IHC to withdraw the show-cause notice of contempt of court.

On August 23, a 3-member larger bench of the Islamabad High Court issued a show-cause notice to Imran Khan after taking up contempt of court proceedings against him for threatening additional sessions judge during a public rally at F-9 Park in Islamabad.

The 3-member bench consisted of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Babar Sattar and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb.

The IHC bench summoned Imran Khan in personal capacity on August 31 (today), and forwarded the case to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, seeking the inclusion of more judges on the larger bench.

Legal experts believe that Khan will have to tender an unconditional apology otherwise his political career will be at stake.

Javed Mahmood
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