ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday took notice of serious allegations levelled against ex-CJP Saqib Nisar by the former chief justice of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim.
The IHC has summoned ex-CJ GB Rana Shamim, editor-in-chief of The News, editor of the newspaper and journalist Ansar Abbasi tomorrow (Tuesday) in relation to the allegations against ex-CJP Saqib Nisar
Chief Justice Athar Minallah held an urgent hearing and took the decision to summon the above-mentioned persons after the Islamabad High Court Registry took notice of the report.
During the hearing, Justice Minallah said the court will treat this matter very seriously, adding that an attempt has been made to shake the people’s confidence in the judiciary.
Justice Minallah will preside over the hearing tomorrow at 10:30am.
The document being quoted by The News report has been notarised by Charles D. Guthrie, a London-based solicitor. When reached for comment, Guthrie told Dawn.com he cannot comment on the document.
Interestingly, Guthrie had also notarised the forensic report of the video in which the now-deceased Judge Arshad Malik was secretly recorded as saying that he was blackmailed and put under pressure to convict Nawaz Sharif and that he regretted convicting him.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib tweeted that Guthrie had also notarised the medical reports provided by Nawaz Sharif as the reason for extending his stay in the UK.
According to the alleged affidavit, Shamim claims the ex-CJP had travelled to GB for vacations in 2018 and on one occasion appeared “very disturbed” while speaking to his registrar on the phone, asking him to get in touch with a high court judge.
Shamim said that Nisar was finally able to get in touch with the judge and told him that Nawaz and Maryam must remain in jail until elections are over, after which “he became calm and happily demanded another cup of tea”.
According to the document, Shamim said he told Nisar that Nawaz had been falsely implicated, to which the former CJP replied: “Rana Sahib the chemistry of Punjab is different from GB.”
Later in the day, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) took notice of the report and summoned journalist Ansar Abbasi, the editor-in-chief of Jang Group Mir Shakeelur Rehman, editor Aamir Ghouri and former GB judge Rana Shamim.
In its order, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said the report “appeared to undermine public confidence in the impartiality and independence of this court and its honourable judges”.
He added that such a report being published at a time when the case was sub judice was the most serious form of contempt.
“Likewise, the aforementioned published report, prima facie, amounts to prejudicing public confidence in the administration of justice in a pending matter besides scandalizing this Court,” it added.
The court also directed the respondents to explain “why proceedings under the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003, may not be initiated against them under Article 204 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.”