ISLAMABAD (9 News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) reserved verdict on Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan and Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s unconditional apology in contempt of court case on Thursday.
Firdous Ashiq Awan and Ghulam Sarwar Khan appear before IHC in contempt of court case.
The hearing of the case was presided over by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah who reserved the verdict on the minister for aviation’s unconditional apology. The decision will be announced on November 25.
During the hearing, the IHC chief justice had remarked, “You have been summoned and availed opportunity to give your stance in hearing. You can comment about me but not under trial case.”
“My client is representative of more than 0.2 million voters but we don’t want to fight this case and tendered unconditional apology,” Ghulam Sarwar’s lawyer said.
On the other hand, Firdous Ashiq Awan had submitted unconditional apology in the previous hearing. The IHC reserved its verdict on Firdous and Sarwar’s apology.
In the previous hearing, Firdous Ashiq Awan tendered unconditional apology from IHC in contempt of court case. She had taken back her remarks regarding the courts and judges and tendered unconditional apology. The IHC has rejected Firdous Awan’s apology and directed her to reappear on November 14.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the ministers and special assistants are designated to restore nation’s trust on the government. The court has also issued notice to federal minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan to attend the hearing on the same day.
Firdous requested the IHC to separate her case from Ghulam Sarwar Khan matter which was rejected by the IHC chief justice.
Later, the court summoned Ghulam Sarwar and Firdous Ashiq Awan on November 14.
Justice Athar Minullah remarked that when the government representatives himself commented about deal, then who will deal? He also said that the government only can deal. The court directed the special assistant to reappear in IHC on November 11 with her written reply.
On Friday, the IHC has accepted Firdous Ashiq Awan’s apology in a contempt of court case for criticizing and politicize the court. However, the IHC issued her a fresh show cause notice for trying to influence the court’s proceedings.