Pakistan HC to indict Imran Khan in contempt case on September 22 – Times of India

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad high court announced on Thursday that it would indict Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on September 22 in a contempt of court case for threatening a woman judge at a public rally.
The verdict was issued by a five-member HC bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah. The court had issued last month a show-cause notice to Khan following his warning to additional district and sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry at a rally in Islamabad on August 20 to brace herself for consequences. Chaudhry had approved police
remand of his special assistant, Shahbaz Gill, who has been detained on sedition charges.
On Wednesday, Imran had submitted a second reply in court after the first, presented at the previous hearing, was termed “unsatisfactory”.
During the hearing, the CJ observed that Imran Khan’s replies to the court’s show-cause notice appeared to be “justifying” contempt of the judiciary and showed “no remorse or regret”. At the last hearing, Justice Minallah had asked Khan to submit another “well-
considered” reply in seven days to the show-cause notice, otherwise the court would have its way.
In his first response, the PTI chief did not apologise but offered to withdraw his remarks if they were inappropriate. In his latest response, Khan requested the court to discharge the notice based on his explanation and follow the Islamic principles of forgiveness.
In both responses, the PTI chairman did not offer an unconditional apology. Expressing disappointment at Khan’s supplementary reply, a 19-page document, the court asked: “Even after the court’s input on the matter, is this the response that you’ve submitted?”
The court order stated that charges against the former PM will be framed on September 22 at 2.30 pm. “The learned counsel for the respondent took us through the supplementary response filed by the respondent and submitted that it was an explanation of the speech in relation to which contempt proceedings have been initiated,” it stated. “We are not convinced that the respondent has purged himself of the wrongdoing alleged against him in relation to which the show-cause notice was issued,” the HC order read.
Once the court took a five-minute break after reserving its verdict, Khan got up and asked the court if he could speak. At this, the chief justice said that the court had heard his lawyers and there was no need for him to speak.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Khan told reporters in an informal conversation outside the courtroom that he had wanted to speak during the proceedings but was not allowed to do so.