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Faisal Vawda refuses to tender unconditional apology in the contempt of court case

Vawda claims his critique was made with bona fide intentions and was fair.

Faisal Vawda refuses to tender an unconditional apology in the contempt of court case.

On Tuesday, the Independent senator in his 16-page written answer submitted to the apex court urged the top court to drop the matter. arguing that other people had also made similar remarks, however, they had not faced similar repercussions.

In response, Senator Vawda also submitted transcripts of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Jamiat Ulema e Islam-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Raoof Hasan’s speeches wherein they had made hard-hitting speeches against the judiciary.

He apprised the court that Hasan had threatened judges and the judiciary as well as called a judge “tout”. Whereas, Shehbaz had called judges “black sheep” and Fazl threatened judges in a speech outside the top court’s building.

Vawda said he had every respect and regard for the judiciary and could never imagine doing any act which lowered the estimation of the judiciary in any manner.

However, he said: “…highlighting or critique of judgements of the courts deemed to have hurt the lives of the citizens of Pakistan is not contempt.”

He added the press conference called upon the need for the judiciary to act on certain matters about the common public which remained unattended by the judiciary and executive.

Vawda maintained that he highlighted those judgments which caused problems for the people with bona fide intentions and felt that it was a fair criticism.

He also drew the apex court’s attention to several instances “where the court has not taken notice of a direct threat issued to the judiciary and untoward remarks against the judges. The instances include but are not limited to threats made by Fazl, Hasan and Shehbaz.”

On the other hand, MQM-P MNA Mustafa Kamal has sought an unconditional apology for his remarks against the judiciary he made last month during a press conference.

The apex court has fixed the hearing of the case against independent senator Faisal Vawda and Mustafa Kamal on June 5.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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