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LHC dismisses contempt notice to Asad Umar after apology

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday dismissed the contempt order it had issued to the PTI Secretary General Asad Umar after receiving an unreserved apology for his “scandalous” statement against the judiciary.

The PTI leader informed the LHC Rawalpindi bench that his intention was “not to target the courts or the judges.” PTI respects the judiciary and would continue to do so, he added.

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Asad Umar stated, “My remarks did not mention any judge.”

Justice Jawad Hassan, on the other hand, informed the PTI leader that he had the footage of Umar’s statement but does not intend to play them in court.

He stated that the accusations against institutions and their officials, not the contempt of court, were the issue.

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The judge informed the PTI leader that while Article 50 of the Constitution grants the right to freedom of movement and Article 60 the right to democracy, criticism of institutions is not permitted.

Umar said, “If I offended anyone with my words, I sincerely apologize.”

The bench concluded the PTI leader’s contempt case after the apology.

The country can see that the doors of justice are closed, even in the Supreme Court, Umar claimed during his statement on November 26 at the PTI’s long march in Rawalpindi.

The PTI leader discussed Khan’s attempted murder, claiming that shots were fired at the leader of the largest party but that no police report was filed.


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