Asghar Khan case: SC directs Nawaz to appear before court within an hour

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ordered Wednesday morning former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to appear in person before the court in an hour in Asghar Khan case.

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Resuming hearing of the implementation of the case at the apex court, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar questioned why Nawaz didn’t appear before the court in person today.

On June 2, the Supreme Court had issued notices to former premier Nawaz Sharif and senior politician Javed Hashmi as well as to 19 other civilians in the case.

“Where is Nawaz Sharif? Notices were issued to him, why didn’t he appear before the court?” Chief Justice Nisar remarked. “It was a court order, people must comply with court orders.”

The CJP further said: “We has sent him [Nawaz] the notice, I saw tickers running to television channels. It is also the lede story of newspapers.”

The top judge remarked that if Nawaz Sharif is in Islamabad then he should appear before the court in an hour.

At an earlier hearing on May 31, Chief Justice Nisar had remarked that the government ‘ran away’ after forming a sub-committee for the implementation of the Asghar Khan case verdict.

The chief justice questioned the deputy attorney general regarding the decision taken by the cabinet over the case.

Deputy attorney general informed the two-member bench that the cabinet has made a positive decision regarding which Attorney General of Pakistan (AGFP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali will brief the court.

Chief Justice Nisar also expressed anger over the absence of AGFP from the court.

“This is such an important case and the attorney general is least bothered. Is this the performance of the attorney general office,” he observed.

On May 8, the apex court gave a week’s time to the federal government to summon a cabinet meeting to determine what action to take in light of the case verdict.

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