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Contempt of court: SC issues show-cause notices to Faisal Vawda, Mustafa Kamal

Three-member SC bench heard suo-motu case on Vawda’s press conference

The Supreme Court on Friday issued show-cause notices to Senator Faisal Vawda and Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM-P) lawmaker Mustafa Kamal over their remarks against the high court judges.

The apex court has asked the leaders to appear before the bench at the next hearing.

A three-member bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, conducted the hearing of the sou-moto case.

The notices were issued when the top court conducted the hearing on the suo motu notice taken against Vawda’s press conference in which he blasted the IHC judges over their letter alleging meddling by spy agencies in judicial affairs and Justice Babar Sattar’s citizenship.

On Thursday, the SC took suo motu notice of Senator Faisal Vawda’s press conference where he questioned the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges’ claim that intelligence agencies had interfered in the judicial affairs.

In his presser, Vawda blasted the IHC judges over their letter alleging meddling by spy agencies in judicial affairs and Justice Babar Sattar’s citizenship.

“Stop targeting the institutions, enough is enough. If there is any interference by institutions, then provide evidence and we will stand together [against it],” Vawda had said during the presser.

The next day, MQM-P MNA Kamal also highlighted the judiciary’s alleged shortcomings and called for establishing ethical standards for the judges.

“IHC says there is no restriction in the Constitution a dual citizen cannot become a judge,” said Mustafa Kamal, pointing out that “a member of the assembly having dual nationality is sent to home”.

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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