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What happened to PM Gillani when SC found him guilty of contempt

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 1, 2018 | Last Updated: 4 years ago
Posted: Feb 1, 2018 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

As many as six years ago, Yousuf Raza Gillani, the former prime minister, was found guilty of contempt of court by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Here’s what happened to him…

Nehal Hashmi is not the first person to have been found guilty of contempt of court by the country’s apex court. Back in 2012, former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani was found guilty by the apex court for not writing to the Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against then-President Asif Ali Zardari.

The bench did not hand out the prime minister any jail term but slapped him with a symbolic sentence of a few minutes’ detention in the courtroom.

Immediately after delivering the verdict, the judges walked out of the courtroom.

On the other hand, PML-N’s Nehal Hashmi was found guilty by the apex court and slapped with a one-month imprisonment sentence, fined Rs 50,000 and disqualified for five years.

Nehal Hashmi has been sentenced to one month imprisonment and has been fined Rs 50,000. In case of failure to pay the fine, an additional one month of imprisonment will be added to his sentence.

Nehal Hashmi will be sent to Adiala Jail where he will serve his imprisonment sentence.

“Justice Nehal Hashmi has insulted the court,” remarked the bench.

The three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justices Dost Mohammad and Maqbool Baqar gave the decision today in a 2-1 order. Justice Dost Mohammad refrained from commenting on the decision and stayed silent instead. He voted against the verdict.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan took a suo moto notice of Nehal Hashmi’s incendiary speech from May 31 in which the PML-N leader targeted judges of the apex court.

Nehal Hashmi had targeted ‘enemies’ of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose disqualification case was being heard by judges of the apex court back then.

“You are in service now but remember now–you will retire tomorrow,” he had thundered. “You will not be spared.”

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