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Contempt case: Firdous tenders unconditional apology from IHC

Contempt case: Firdous tenders unconditional apology from IHC
November 11, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan tendered unconditional apology from Islamabad High Court (IHC) in contempt of court case on Monday. The special assistant appeared before court in contempt of court case. She has taken back her remarks regarding the courts and judges and tendered unconditional apology. The IHC has rejected Firdous Awan’s apology and directed her to reappear on November 14. During the hearing, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the ministers and special assistants are designated to restore nation’s trust on the government. The court has also issued notice to federal minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan to attend the hearing on the same day. Firdous requested the IHC to separate her case from Ghulam Sarwar Khan matter which was rejected by the IHC chief justice. Later, the court summoned Ghulam Sarwar and Firdous Ashiq Awan on November 14. In the previous hearing, the special assistant once again tendered her apology to the court which was rejected by the bench. The court also refused to allow her to skip the case hearings. LHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah remarked that when the government representatives himself commented about deal, then who will deal? He also said that the government only can deal. The court directed the special assistant to reappear in IHC on November 11 with her written reply. On Friday, the IHC has accepted Firdous Ashiq Awan’s apology in a contempt of court case for criticizing and politicize the court. However, the IHC issued her a fresh show cause notice for trying to influence the court’s proceedings. The court directed Firdous Ashiq Awan to submit written reply on Monday and appear before court on Tuesday. A bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the case and Firdous Ashiq Awan appeared before court Friday morning. During the heading, Justice Minallah said that Awan had an important role in the government and was the special assistant of a prime minister who valued rule of law.
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