Court defers indictment in Rana Shamim affidavit case until Jan 20


ISLAMABAD:

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday deferred indictment within the contempt of court docket case towards former chief justice of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Rana Shamim and different accused until Jan 20.

The court docket had resumed listening to of the case earlier as we speak underneath IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah.

The excessive court docket had initiated proceedings towards Shamim, investigative reporter Ansar Abbasi, editor-in-chief of a nationwide day by day, and its resident editor after an affidavit was printed within the newspaper that accused former chief justice Saqib Nisar of influencing the case towards ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

During the continuing held as we speak, Attorney General of Pakistan (AJP) Khalid Javed Khan appeared earlier than the court docket and mentioned that from the primary day of the listening to he was of the view that Rana Shamim was the principle accused on this case.

“The case of three journalists is secondary. Ansar Abbasi or Amir Ghauri’s organisation was exaggerating one narrative,” mentioned the AJP, including that the affidavit is being issued for a particular objective which isn’t even earlier than the court docket.

“Today, Abbasi and Ghauri said that if it [the affidavit] had been in the form of a statement, they would not have published it and [that] they were not exaggerating any narrative,” maintained Khan.

The AJP instructed suspending the proceedings towards the media personnel and offering a good trial to Rana Shamim and framing the cost.

Read: Affidavit ‘appeared an try’ to affect Nawaz’s case: IHC

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the “narrative” is that Saqib Nisar talked to a choose a couple of case.

“Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb and I were present in the bench. Did anyone try to interfere with the three of us? Will the people say that judges got influenced after reading the affidavit?” he questioned Abbasi.

“A statement was made that the Islamabad High Court was following someone’s instructions. Two days after the news was published, appeals were being heard,” Justice Minallah mentioned.

The journalist argued that he didn’t write the title of the court docket or any choose in his information story.

Judicial assistant Faisal Siddiqui appeared earlier than the court docket and mentioned that so far as journalists had been involved, he would oppose the cost body.

To this, the IHC CJ mentioned the writer of the newspaper ought to say that what was written within the affidavit was not his accountability.

“In a pending case in the UK, the reporter had reported, the reporter and the editor had been convicted for this,” the choose mentioned. “Ansar Abbasi, there is no doubt about your reputation, but you do not feel guilty,” he added.

Rana Shamim’s lawyer Abdul Latif Afridi mentioned that he has identified Abbasi for a very long time and may vouch for his credibility. Maybe such an incident occurred because of his lack of know-how on the topic, the counsel prayed.

The chief justice mentioned that the “narrative” was that benches had been made by another person.

“If such is the case then inquiry should be initiated against those who were sitting on the benches. I have been saying from the first day that no one had access to the judge,” the IHC chief justice remarked.

Subsequently, the IHC adjourned the listening to because of Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman’s absence as he’s at present underneath quarantine because of Covid-19.

On Dec 28, 2021, the IHC determined to indict Shamim together with different accused within the contempt of court docket case on January 7 (as we speak).

‘Private affidavit’

Shamim’s lawyer Latif Afridi mentioned his consumer didn’t share the affidavit with anybody. When Ansar Abbasi had approached him for a model, he was instructed that the affidavit was a personal doc, Afridi added.

As per Rana Shamim, the doc may have been leaked by the notary public. At this, the court docket requested did Shamim ship notices to Abbasi or the notary public? Afridi mentioned this was Shamim’s personal subject as he was not employed to argue on that subject.

He mentioned Shamim acquired to know of the leaking of his affidavit after it was printed within the newspaper. “Shamim will take action against those who [allegedly] leaked his affidavit after getting free from these proceedings,” Afridi added.

Affidavit signed at Nawaz’s workplace

In unique proof obtainable with this scribe, Rana Shamim, took the oath and signed an affidavit within the workplace of none apart from Mian Nawaz Sharif, attempting to incriminate former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and honourable sitting judges of IHC.

In the proof obtainable, Charles Guthrie; a UK Solicitor confirmed that ‘Judge Guy’ was at ‘Marble Arch’.

During the final listening to, nevertheless, Shamim was questioned in regards to the report printed on this paper. In his reply to the reporter, Justice (retd) Shamim mentioned that he was alone on the time of signing the affidavit.

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