IHC directs ex-GB chief choose Rana Shamim to submit response with unique affidavit

Former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim. Photo: file
Former chief choose of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim. Photo: file  

ISLAMABAD: Former chief choose of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim on Tuesday advised the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that the affidavit he had recorded earlier than a UK Justice of the Peace was a sealed doc, not meant to be seen by most people.

Shahmim’s remarks got here through the listening to of a case pertaining to a leaked audio tape allegedly involving former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar. A few weeks earlier, Shamim had alleged in a notarised affidavit that the then CJP  had directed a excessive courtroom choose to not launch Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on bail at any value earlier than the 2018 common elections. The allegations have been printed in a report in The News following which the IHC directed the ex-judge to submit his response.

The former GB chief advised the courtroom he doesn’t know which affidavit was reported by the media.

During immediately’s listening to, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who was main the proceedings, mentioned the judiciary’s freedom was depending on the liberty of the press. “However, there are some responsibilities that come with the freedom of the press,” he famous.

The IHC chief justice then summoned Shamim to the podium and requested whether or not he had submitted a written response to the courtroom relating to the case.

“My lawyer will tell you why I did not submit a written response,” replied Shamim. “My brother’s chehlum will be held in a few days. Please hold a hearing after that,” he requested.

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

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

“Did you not provide the affidavit to him [the reporter]?” requested Justice Minallah.

“No, I did not submit the affidavit for publication,” replied the ex-judge.

‘You tried to shake the public’s confidence in the judiciary’

Justice Minallah requested Shamim why he submitted 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,” mentioned Justice Minallah.

The IHC chief justice advised Shamim that he “tried to shake the public’s confidence in the judiciary”, instructing the previous choose to say no matter he wished to within the written response.

“My brother and sister-in-law’s chehlum will be held on December 5 and 12 respectively,” Shamim advised the IHC chief justice. “Please hold the hearing after that,” he requested as soon as extra.

He mentioned that if a listening to is held any before that, then he might be unable to acquire the unique affidavit.

Meanwhile, Attorney-General for Pakistan Khalid Jawed Khan mentioned that the courtroom can direct Shamim to acquire the affidavit via the embassy.

The attorney-general requested the courtroom to delay motion in opposition to the media, saying that its position was secondary on this case. He urged the courtroom to direct Shamim to current his written response with the unique affidavit in courtroom.

At this, Shamim mentioned he doesn’t know which affidavit was reported by the media. “Let me have a look at the affidavit that was published first,” he mentioned.

At this, the attorney-general responded by saying: “The person who submitted the affidavit is unaware of its contents.”

“If he does not know, then who prepared the affidavit?”

“This should be on record, that he [Rana Shamim] does not know what is written in the affidavit,” said the attorney-general. “The affidavit was submitted on November 10 and today, he says he does not know what is written in it.”

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

The IHC chief justice adjourned proceedings until December 7, directing Shamim to submit his written response with the unique affidavit on the subsequent listening to.

Justice Minallah requested the previous choose to additionally submit a written response to the show-cause discover despatched to him by the excessive courtroom.