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ZAB Reference: SC issues court contempt notice to Babar Awan

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) issued contempt of court notice to former Federal Law Minister Babar Awan during hearing Presidential Reference regarding revisit of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hanging verdict.Taking notice of the yesterday’s remarks in media talk by former Federal Law Minister Babar Awan, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry stressed on...

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 5, 2012 | Last Updated: 10 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 | Last Updated: 10 years ago

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) issued contempt of court notice to former Federal Law Minister Babar Awan during hearing Presidential Reference regarding revisit of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hanging verdict.Taking notice of the yesterday’s remarks in media talk by former Federal Law Minister Babar Awan, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry stressed on the respect for the judiciary.“How can things move forward without respect for the judiciary,’ he noted.Babar Awan said, ‘My conversation has two parts; but, you picked up only the piece of poetry as the subject.’The apex court in its written order said Babar Awan was raised as SC’s senior advocate on May 29, 2008. The court, giving Awan time till January 9 to file his rejoinder, queried him if he wanted to get his license cancelled by giving out such statements.Awan ridiculed the court rulings in front of media after appearing in the ZAB Reference, the court order says adding his (Awan’s) name might be struck off from list of apex court’s lawyers. The court verdict further said the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Vice President Bar Council also backed up the court’s stance. The bench ordered the court crew to make arrangements for the judges to watch Babar Awan’s press talk.At least five senior lawyers including Yasin Azad, Justice (rtd.) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim and Ali Ahmed Kurd requested to the Chief Justice Chaudhry for a meeting at the chamber before the footage is shown. However, the Chamber meeting could not take place. After the screening of the footage, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja said he is speechless after hearing the remarks. The Chief Justice Chaudhry said the PTV is watched in 132 countries and that the prestige of the judiciary will become a question in these countries after airing of these scenes.Referring to the footage, the CJ queried, ‘Is this respect for the court?’Addressing Yasin Azad, the Chief Justice Chaudhry asked, “Was there any justification for this (press talk)? And, then you people say that judges do not work.”Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Yasin Azad said the sentences uttered by Awan are wrong. Meantime, Vice Chairman of Pakistan Bar Council Latif Afridi was also summoned at the rostrum, who said, ‘We stand by the judiciary on the issue. We will not allow anyone to put the judiciary to ridicule.”The CJ said the Bar and the Bench are in complete harmony. Azad prayed to the bench for some time to seek a way out. SAMAA

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