Contempt of court: IHC directs Awan to submit written apology by Saturday

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan to submit a written apology to the court by Saturday.

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IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, during the hearings of the contempt of court case against the special assistant, issued the directives.

The IHC Chief Justice asked for a written reply after Awan issued an unconditional apology to the court during the hearing.

Justice Minallah directed the special assistant’s lawyer to submit the written reply by Saturday and set November 11 as the date for the next hearing.

Awan, through her lawyer, had requested the court for an exemption from her personal appearance during the hearing.

However, Justice Minallah rejected the request and added that her presence in the court is beneficial for her.

IHC CJ Athar Minallah also asked the special assistant whether she had visited the district court.

The IHC chief justice remarked that the court has to follow the law and cannot support any individual. He added that the court gets its respect through its judgments.

To this, Awan gave an unconditional apology to the court. She added that in her 20-year career she has never spoken about the courts. But the court asked for a written apology.

The IHC on Friday had issued another show-cause notice to Awan in the contempt of court case against her.

She had first been issued a contempt notice for criticising the judiciary in her press conference last Wednesday. During Friday’s hearing, the court had accepted her apology but issued her a new contempt of court notice for making a statement regarding a pending criminal proceeding.

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