Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah held the former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim responsible for shaking the public’s confidence in the judiciary.

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Judge Shamim

Earlier, Shamim, had alleged in a notarised affidavit that Ex-CJP Saqib Nisar had directed a high court judge to not release Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on bail at any cost before the 2018 General Elections. https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-1347972388515897 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Following the publication of the report, Islamabad High Court had taken suo-moto notice of it and directed the ex-judge to submit his response.

Today, The IHC chief justice summoned Rana Shamim to the rostrum and asked whether he had submitted a written response to the court regarding the case.

“My lawyer will tell you why I did not submit a written response,” replied Rana Shamim. “My brother’s chehlum will be held in a few days. Please hold a hearing of the case after that,” he requested. https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-1347972388515897 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Justice Minallah told Shamim that he submitted an affidavit over an incident that allegedly occurred three years ago. “A newspaper carried the details of the affidavit for the public [to read],” noted the IHC CJ.

“I was contacted after my affidavit was published.” responded the former judge. “The affidavit was sealed, I don’t know how it got leaked,” he added.

“Did you not provide the affidavit to him [Ansar Abbasi]?” asked Justice Minallah. https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-1347972388515897 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

“No, I did not submit the affidavit for publication, I didn’t even read it yet” Shamim replied.

“What is the content of your affidavit” asked Minallah.

“I didn’t remember, the affidavit is in the bank locker in London” Samim replied.

Justice Minallah asked Shamim why did he submit the affidavit in London. “The court is granting you five days to submit your written response. You will have to tell us why you submitted an affidavit after a gap of three years,” said Justice Minallah.

The IHC chief justice told Shamim that he has tried to shake the public’s confidence in the judiciary, instructing the former judge to say whatever he wanted to in the written response.

“My brother and sister-in-law’s chehlums will be held on December 5 and 12 respectively,” Shamim told the IHC chief justice. “Please hold the hearing after that. https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-1347972388515897 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “

Justice Minallah asked the former judge to also submit a written response to the show-cause notice sent to him by the high court.

“I do not believe in contempt of court,” stressed Justice Minallah. “Judges should face criticism. However, please refrain from maligning this high court for the sake of political narratives,” he added.

The IHC adjourned proceedings of the case till December 7. https://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js?client=ca-pub-1347972388515897 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});