Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Monday charged PML-N’s disgraced Senator Nehal Hashmi with contempt of court pertaining to his controversial speech against the judiciary and members of the joint investigation team (JIT) probing allegations of money laundering against the Sharif family.

Hashmi was charged with “threatening judges of the Supreme Court, their children, JIT members and their families” under Article 204(2) of the Constitution of Pakistan, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003.

CJP takes suo moto notice on Nehal Hashmi’s threatening speech

The court also said that Hashmi’s speech sought to “scandalise the court, bring the authority of the court into ridicule and disrespect.”

Last month, the apex court booked Hashmi in a case after a speech he made on May 28 made headlines. In a video recording of the speech, the senator could be heard using threatening language against “those investigating” the Sharif family.

Soon after the SC took action, Hashmi was directed by his party leadership to tender his resignation from the Senate – which he later withdrew – while the PML-N revoked his party membership.

A case was registered against the senator on June 4 at Karachi’s Bahadurabad police station under Sections 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 228 (intentional insult or interruption to public servant sitting in judicial proceeding) and 505 (statements inciting public mischief) of the Pakistan Penal Code on behalf of the state after the attorney general asked the Sindh prosecutor general to initiate proceedings since the speech was made in Karachi.