Rana Shamim, disowning first affidavit, apologizes for his allegations

Former Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Chief Judge Rana Muhammad Shamim on Saturday disowned his controversial affidavit alleging that former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar was influencing the court proceedings to delay the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

Former chief judge Rana Shamim has submitted a fresh affidavit to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in response to contempt proceedings that began after the news of his first affidavit came in the media in November.

Earlier, Rana Shamim had partially retracted the contents of his initial affidavit, saying that no sitting judge of the IHC was involved in the controversy.

He had also submitted an unconditional apology in the IHC but Rana Shamim did not give up his allegations against former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar.

In a recent affidavit, Rana Shamim denied his initial controversial affidavit and again tendered an unconditional apology to the IHC.

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Judge Rana Shamim, in his initial affidavit, had said that former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had allegedly called a Judge of the IHC and instructed to postpone the release of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz till the July 2018 general elections.

In a recent affidavit, he said he sought an unconditional apology for his previous affidavit. He has said that his initial affidavit was neither correct nor required.

Rana Shamim’s recent affidavit has further stated that the November 10 affidavit mentioned the judge of this honourable court due to his apparent misunderstanding and unintentional mistake.

Earlier, in an apology submitted on September 12, former Chief Justice Rana Shamim had said that the contents of his initial affidavit were derived from the meeting in which he himself, his late wife, former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, and his wife were present.

On the first day of his stay, the former Chief Justice was repeatedly trying to contact someone while drinking tea on the lawn of his residence, but when the man could not be contacted, he instructed his registrar to go to the person’s residence and tell that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif should not come out on bail.