IHC rejects Firdous' apology, directs her to submit written reply till Nov 11 in contempt case

11:30 AM | 5 Nov, 2019
IHC rejects Firdous' apology, directs her to submit written reply till Nov 11 in contempt case

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected fresh apology tendered by directed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and directed her to submit written reply in contempt of court case till November 11.

According to media details, the IHC bench while rejecting the apology, during the proceedings of the contempt of court case, also refused to allow Firdous Ashiq Awan to skip the case hearings and directed the special assistant to reappear in the court with her written explanation by Saturday.

Awan, through her lawyer, had requested the court for an exemption from her personal appearance during the hearing, however, Justice Minallah rejected the request and added that her presence in the court is beneficial for her.

Previously, Chief Justice of IHC Athar Minallah had accepted Dr Firdous’ unconditional apology and directed her to prove that she didn’t intentionally malign judiciary in her statement.

“You should have not combined politics with judiciary. You are not an ordinary personality. You are PM’s special assistant and such remarks coming from your side are regrettable,” he remarked.

Talking to newsmen, after visiting district courts on the direction of IHC CJ, Dr Firdous said that the government, in order to improve the judicial system and ensure dispensation of speedy justice, is implementing a reform agenda.

The Special Assistant highlighted that the government brought women inheritance law and code of civil procedure to ensure the provision of property rights to women and the decision of civil cases swiftly.

She said ordinances have to be promulgated for public welfare because the government is facing difficulties in legislation for lacking a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly (NA).

Earlier On Friday, the IHC had issued another show-cause notice to Awan in the contempt of court case against her, directing her to submit her written reply by Monday after she tendered her unconditional apology to the court.

Last Wednesday, Firdous had first been issued a contempt notice for criticising the judiciary in her press conference.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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