Rana Shamim files ‘apology’ but allegations against ex-CJP Saqib Nisar stay

Rana Shamim

Islamabad High Court

Rana Mohammad Sha­­mim, a former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), issued an unconditional apology to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday, claiming that none of the IHC’s currently serving judges were engaged in rigging the court’s procedures in cases involving the Sharif family. 

A contempt lawsuit against Mr. Shamim is pending as a result of his affidavit accusing the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Saqib Nisar, of manipulating court processes in a case involving Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz. 

According to the document, Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s release was postponed in 2018 by the then-CJP Nisar using a “senior puisne” high court judge. The IHC subsequently started contempt proceedings. 

IHC’s Current Judges

Mr. Shamim responded by claiming that none of the IHC’s current judges were involved in the scandal and requesting forgiveness from all of the justices. 

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The former GB judge responded, “I had heard the terms senior puisne judge time and again from the CJP… [I] became victim of a misunderstanding and inadvertently typed down the name of Mr Justice Aamer Farooq in the affidavit instead of senior puisne judge.” 

Accusation Against CJP Nisar

But he stood by his accusation against the former CJP Nisar. 

According to Mr. Shamim, the writing of his affidavit, which was later published by a newspaper, occurred against the “backdrop of [a] mentally stressful time,” which “potentially resulted in blurring of memory and some grave misunderstanding (sic) that also translated into the writing of the affidavit.”

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