IHC gives Shamim ‘last chance’ to submit affidavit about ex-CJP Nisar

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The Islamabad High Court gave last chance to former Gilgit-Baltistan chief justice Rana Shamim on Monday to submit an affidavit executed by him in which he alleged that former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar influenced a high court judge to deny bails to the top PML-N leadership before the 2018 general elections.

During the proceedings, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked Shamim whether he had submitted the affidavit yet, at which the ex-judge sought another three weeks to submit the affidavit. “I have given the affidavit to the lawyer and will submit it after he reviews it,” he said. At that, Justice Minallah replied, “You have served as a law officer. Don’t treat the court like this.” He further said Shamim had made “serious accusations” in the affidavit that he could not defend.

“Either you move forward the process or the court will take action,” Justice Minallah warned. “This court has given you a fair chance.”

At the hearing, Shamim expressed ignorance about how that affidavit was leaked and by what means it reached journalist Abbasi. Following that, Justice Minallah pointed out that Shamim had not even sent a notice to those who had leaked the affidavit.

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