SC accepts GB minister’s apology for Misbehaviour at Islamabad airport
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Friday accepted the written apology of Gilgit-Baltistan Minister for Tourism Fida Hussain for his misbehaviour with an Islamabad airport official.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar also withdraw the suo motu notice, remarking, “I am withdrawing the notice in respect of the people of Gilgit Baltistan.”
“The reason for forgiving is our immense love for the people of Gilgit-Baltistan,” CJP Nisar told Hussain, warning him to be cautious in the future.
Following to this, Fida Hussain replied, “I am ashamed of my actions and want to apologise to the court and I have already appologised from PIA officials.”
In his written apology, the minister said he was ashamed over his actions and would accept whatever punishment the court handed to him.
However, the SC bench told him that he did not need to apologise to the court because he hadn’t violated any orders, but that he should amend his apology to directly address the airport official who had been mocked.
Earlier today, a three member bench headed by the chief justice heard the case. The GB minister appeared before court.
The top judge took the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad to task, asking him why he hadn’t appeared in court since he was transferred to the post on Nov 2. “Leave your pride and arrogance at home when you arrive here,” he said. “This is a court.”
CJP Nisar informed IGP Khan that misconduct had taken place at the airport and asked him what action had been taken.
IGP Khan told the chief justice that the incident did not fall within the jurisdiction of the capital police, but the Punjab police, to which Justice Nisar asked, “Where is the attorney general Punjab?”
The CJP took Hussain to task and ordered the video of the incident be played in the courtroom. “Did you push the airport official?” the judge questioned the minister. “Are you educated?”
The minister admitted that he had pushed the airport official. “Were you in your senses at the time?” CJP Nisar asked, wondering how Hussain had dared to interfere with official affairs.
The minister admitted that he had pushed the official but it was not due to ill intentions. “I did push him, but there is a story behind it,” Hussain said.
The CJP asked him: “Are you a thug? Do you have no shame over pushing [the airport official]?” He remarked that a poor man had been mocked.
Hussain responded that he was ashamed of his actions and asked the court to forgive him, to which the chief justice said the minister would not be granted forgiveness, and that a case would be registered against him immediately.