IHC dismisses plea seeking contempt of court against Nawaz, PM


The Islamabad High Court Monday dismissed a petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The petitioner had contended that the prime minister was the guarantor of his elder brother’s return to Pakistan after he gets medical treatment, however, he has yet to return — despite the passage of nearly three years.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, in the order, mentioned that his court could not take up the plea as it was already pending in the Lahore High Court.

“The petitioner has been heard at length. In response to the court’s query, he has admitted that the petitio wherein interim order was passed is pending before the learned Lahore High Court,” the order read.

The order mentioned that the petitioner also admitted that the name of Nawaz was removed from the Exit Control List pursuant to the decision of the federal cabinet — subject to certain conditions.“… the removal of the name from the Exit Control List was not pursuant to an order or direction passed by any Court,” the order read.

The conditions imposed by the federal cabinet were challenged before the LHC and they were suspended and modified vide an interim order, in 2019, the order mentioned.


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