SHC throws out petition of 2 PPPP men against Mirza

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday threw out a petition filed by two Pakistan Peoples’ Party Parliamentarians legislators against former home minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the PPPP co-chairman and former president Asif Ali Zardari in the media.

A division bench, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, dismissed the petition for not being maintainable.

Nominating the Pemra chairman, the information ministry and nine TV channels as respondents, two MPAs, Tariq Masood Arain and Imdad Ali Pitafi, requested the court to restrain Mirza from making disparaging remarks about PPP co-chairman.

In the petition, they submitted that a few days ago Zulfiqar Mirza took jibe at Zardari. They said that such remarks are likely to incite violence or disturb the maintenance of the law and order due to anti-national and anti-state attitude of Mirza. Mirza has used inferior and poor language about Zardari on different talk shows of various channels, thus the channels, which fall under the domain of Pemra, are equally involved in the said crime, they added.

The petitioners said that the acts of the respondents aim to cause maximum possible loss to the goodwill of former president due to personal jealousy as Mirza was continuously demanding to adopt the pick and choose policy when he was in the party and was finally removed.

They said in view of the above facts and circumstances, the respondents have malafidely, out of malice and for the lust of personal enrichment caused injuries to the reputation of the ex-president.

They pleaded to the court to declare the acts of Zulfiqar Mirza in collusion with the Pemra, which allowed the TV channels and their anchors to air derogatory remarks about Zardari is contrary to the law.

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