Contempt of court: IHC summons Firdous Ashiq Awan on Nov 1

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30 Oct, 2019 3:33 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday issued a contempt of court notice to PM’s Special Assistant on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan and summoned on November 1.

According to a notification, Firdous Ashiq Awan while conducting a press conference criticised the institution of the judiciary and stated that bail granting to Nawaz Sharif will open a floodgate of similar requests by prisoners suffering from various diseases.

“While maligning the honourable courts went to say that the case of the accused Nawaz was heard during the evening ‘as a special dispensation’,” the notice read.

The statement added that Awan “made an attempt to scandalize the court in the eyes of the public, thereby, tried to lower the esteem of the judiciary.”

“The contents of your [Awan’s] statement was ‘unwarranted’ for a spokesperson of the federal government,” it said. “The above act of yours prima-facie attract a penal action against you under the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003.”

The special assistant has been directed to appear before the high court in person at 9am on November 1.

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