On Wednesday, Imran Khan Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman submitted a supplementary reply in the contempt of court case at Islamabad High Court (IHC). In the reply, he expressed his “deep regret” over his “unintentional utterances” at a rally.
Imran Khan Deeply Regret:
In the same reply, he asked for forgiveness from the Supreme Court and said that he had not intended to disrespect or undermine its authority. He also stated that he had not sought any exemption from appearing before the court on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court issued a show-cause notice to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in response to comments he made against Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry. The court asked him to appear personally before the bench on August 31.
The Islamabad police chief and the additional sessions judge has been placed on administrative leave as authorities investigate allegations of corruption made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan.
The notice followed Imran’s speech at a rally in Islamabad’s F-9 Park in which he alleged that the additional sessions judge knew that incarcerated party leader Shahbaz Gill was tortured but she did not release him on bail.
On August 31, the court expressed dissatisfaction with the former prime minister’s written response and ordered him to submit a second reply in seven days.
The statements made by Imran Khan on Wednesday were not directed toward the Lady Judge. He said that the rally was taken out in response to the shocking news of the physical torture of Mr. Shahbaz Gill and that he had no intention of insulting anyone.
Imran Khan has a lot of respect for the lady judge and was unaware that his statement would cause any offense.
In a statement, Imran Khan, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, apologized to the Lady Justice of Punjab’s High Court and stated that he did not intend to hurt her feelings.
However, if his statements made her feel threatened or offended, he apologized for his actions and claimed that it was not his intention to hurt her.
Moreover, Khan also expressed his respect for the judiciary, saying that he “stands firmly for the rights of women in Pakistan” and supports a greater induction and representation of female judges.
Response of Imran Khan on Gill’s Torture:
Imran Khan, in the supplementary statement, claimed that “the alleged news of Shehbaz Gill torture was widely reported in social, print and electronic media which were very disturbing”.
In a public address, Imran said that PTI leader Shahbaz Gill had been tortured by police and that this was a “serious violation” of human rights. He also said that the circulation of secretly made videos seriously prejudiced the process of granting bail.
Furthermore, he claimed that the remarks about the police officials and the judge did not affect the right to a fair trial because, in the first instance, the matter was still at the investigation stage and no trial had begun yet.