Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday reserved its verdict in a contempt of court case against Federal Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Azmat Saeed and comprising Justices Mushir Alam and Mazhar Alam Miankhel was hearing the case against minister, facing charges of scandalising the judiciary during TV shows. The judgement will be announced later, the court said.

Prosecutor Rana Waqar argued that remarks passed by Aziz were tantamount to an attack on the system of justice. He informed the apex court that the federal minister had referred to PTI chief Imran Khan’s acquittal and Jahangir Tareen’s disqualification as scripted. Aziz has also accused the monitoring judge in corruption references against Sharif family of orchestrating the cases.

To which, the accused minister said: “I respect judiciary and cannot imagine of disgracing it”. Daniyal further said that he had been holding various top position in the country but there was not allegation against him. “All the life, I made efforts for the freedom of judiciary,” he added.

Justice Saeed, concluding the hearing, thanked all lawyers for presenting the case appropriately.

On February 2, the apex court issued a contempt of court notice to Aziz for his alleged anti-judiciary speeches.

On March 13, the top court formally indicted the federal privatisation minister. The court indicted the minister under Article 204 and contempt of court law 2003.

Top court indicts federal minister Daniyal Aziz for scandalising judiciary

The apex court remarked that the federal minister has scandalised the judiciary, adding that Aziz intervened in court matters.

Justice Mushir Alam read the charge sheet for the accused minister, while Aziz pleaded no guilty to charges.