SHC appoints amici curiae in contempt application against PM

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has appointed the chief provincial law officer, federal law officer and other senior lawyers as amici curiae (friend of the court) to assist the court on maintainability of contempt application calling for initiation of contempt proceedings against Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

A civil rights campaigner, Syed Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi, had filed contempt application against prime minister for allegedly giving contemptuous remarks about Karachi judges before the media.

Naqvi had submitted in application that Sharif during the announcement of the special anti-terror force on October 10 in Peshawar, said that the judges in the city of Karachi were afraid of handing down judgments in terrorism cases under the prevailing law and order situation.

He had claimed the prime minister used contemptuous language against Karachi Judges; therefore, he did not fulfil the requirements of the article 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

He had pleaded the court to call the entire records relating to the country’s chief executive’s remarks and then initiate contempt proceedings against him under Article 204 of the Constitution and the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003.

A single bench of SHC comprising Justice Muhammad Farooq Shah observed that to ascertain the legal aspect of contempt application keeping in view the contempt of court laws, it would be appropriate to seek assistance senior advocates.

It appointed advocate general Sindh, deputy attorney general Zahid Khan, and other seniors lawyers as amici curiae to assist the court on maintainability of application.

Hearing of case was adjourned to a date later be fixed by court office after two weeks.

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