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SC rejects apology of Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza

SC rejects apology of Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza
July 2, 2020
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court (SC) rejected on Thursday the apology of Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza for threatening Justice Qazi Faez Isa in a social media video. Mirza’s lawyer said that his client is old and three of his arteries are blocked, adding that he has also been suffering from chest pain. Justice Ijazul Ahsan said that people conveniently become sick whenever courts summon them. He also remarked that the video was filmed through planning and added the pictures. “It is not possible to apologize now,” he added. The chief justice remarked that the apology cannot be given on many things, directing to present Agha Iftikharuddin in next hearing. Earlier, the police on Friday took Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza into custody in a case regarding threats hurled to Justice Qazi Faez Isa and the judiciary in a video. Later, Agha Iftikharuddin Mirza was released after the FIA assured the court of submitting the written reply of the accused. A two member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard case after he took notice of a video clip containing derogatory and scandalous language against Justice Faez Isa case. During the hearing, the chief justice asked the attorney general that what is happening. The attorney general told the court that Justice Isa’s wife had submitted a petition to the police which had forwarded the matter to the FIA. “The FIA is doing nothing. It has other matters of judges as well (under scrutiny),” said the chief justice, adding that the agency has not produced results in any matter so far. Justice Aijazul Ahsan said that a state institution had been threatened in the video and a judge’s name was taken in a derogatory manner. “Why did the state machinery take action with delay?” asked Justice Ahsan to which the attorney general said that the FIA has started taking action under the Electronic Crime Act. The court issued a notice to Mirza today and summoned him to the next hearing of the case. “Maulana sahib came to the court but police took him into custody,” said Mirza’s lawyer to which the CJP said that he should appear before the SC. Subsequently, the court ordered the FIA director general and attorney general to appear before the bench in the next hearing on July 2.