SC disqualifies Sharif party's senator for threatening judges

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 1, 2018

The apex court on early Thursday morning had announced its verdict on Senator Nehal Hashmi's contempt case and sentenced him to one-month imprisonment besides, fining him Rs 50,000. "Want to congratulate the SC for moving against Nehal Hashmi on his abuse of & threats to senior judiciary and their families", tweeted Khan, in his first response to the Supreme Court's verdict.

Turning his attention towards Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Imran said that the party is now petitioning the Supreme Court for an early hearing of the case against Asif.

A three-member bench of the apex court - headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Dost Mohammad - also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on the senator. A dissenting note was authored by Justice Dost.

The panel dismissed an unconditional apology, which Hashmi had submitted to the court on Jan.24 for his threatening video message against "those investigating" former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

The court very next day took notice of the threatening speech and issued contempt of court notice to the senator. He was taken to the Secretariat Police Station and later shifted to Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.

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"Those investigating us [must know] we will observe your day of judgment", he stated further.

In May 2017, as a Supreme Court-mandated joint investigation team (JIT) was probing the Sharif family's business dealings in the Panama case, Hashmi had warned those conducting the probe will be "taken to task" for grilling the premier's family.

"You are making the life of the prime minister hard".

Following his speech, Nawaz Sharif sought Nehal Hashmi's resignation from Senate seat and also suspended his party membership.

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