Imran ‘deeply regrets’ unintentional remarks against judge: IHC told


Response to the Islamabad High Court

In his latest response to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday, former prime minister Imran Khan expressed “deep regrets over his unintentional utterances” in the contempt proceedings brought against him for his contentious comments about district and sessions judge Zeba Chaudhry, who had approved PTI leader Shahbaz Gill’s physical remand in a sedition case. 

The high court summoned Imran and his attorneys on September 8. 

Imran had initially replied to the IHC on August 30 and stated his willingness to “take back” his comments about judge Chaudhry if they were “regarded as inappropriate.” He also pleaded with the IHC to consider removing the judges who had agreed to start the case against him from the bench because, in his opinion, they had prejudged the situation. 

Counsels Hamid Khan and Barrister Salman Safdar

In his response, he requested that the court consider the content of his statement in light of his aim through counsels Hamid Khan and Barrister Salman Safdar. 

Imran had believed, according to the response, that judge Chaudhry served as an executive magistrate who carried out executive or administrative duties pursuant to directives from the federal government. 

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Athar Minallah, chief justice of the IHC, previously stated that he anticipated Imran would acknowledge his error. “I was expecting you to go to the courts and say that you believe them (the courts),” he said, expressing disappointment at Imran’s thorough response. 

Opportunity by the IHC

Imran was later given another opportunity by the IHC to respond in the contempt case against him with a “well-considered” statement. 

The PTI leader clarified in his new response that what he said was “unintentional” and wasn’t intended to be disparaging of the female judge, whom he said he “has a lot of respect” for. 

The former prime minister declared that he steadfastly supported women’s rights in Pakistan and was in favour of increasing the number of female judges in both higher courts and lower courts. 

Apologise to the female judge

Imran declared that he wouldn’t be afraid to apologise to the female judge. 

The administration of justice was never intended to be hampered or influenced in any way by such statements. 

The PTI leader acknowledged that courts in every province of Pakistan upheld the Constitution and the rule of law.

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