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Shamim asks IHC to cross-examine Saqib Nisar


ISLAMABAD: Former Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Justice Rana Muhammad Shamim has asked the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to give him the opportunity to cross-examine former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar.

The Islamabad High Court will today (Thursday) indict former Chief Justice Gilgit Baltistan Rana Muhammad Shamim, Group Editor Jang Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, The News Editor Aamir Ghauri and the editor of the Ansar Abbasi investigations into a contempt case.

The high court had filed charges against Shamim and others after an affidavit was published in the newspaper accusing former chief justice Saqib Nisar of influencing the case against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

In her request on Wednesday, Rana Shamim said it was vital for justice that former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar’s counter affidavit also be presented before the inquest and that he (Shamim) be given the opportunity to cross-examine him.

He prayed the court that instead of framing the charge against him, for a fair and just outcome of the case, an investigation be graciously opened to determine the real facts necessary for a fair settlement of this case. He submitted that no case of criminal contempt is established unless it is proved that he first published the facts mentioned in the affidavit and, secondly, that the facts mentioned in the affidavit were found to be false/inaccurate.

“This can only happen after an independent and impartial investigation has been conducted,” said Rana Shamim. In another petition, Shamim asked the IHC to appoint Attorney General Islamabad as prosecutor in the contempt case against him instead of Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan, who has been hostile to him since day one.

Rana Muhammad Shamim has filed a petition with the Islamabad High Court through his lawyer Abdul Latif Afridi, asking the court to relinquish the services of Attorney General Khalid Javed as prosecutor and appoint Attorney General Islamabad as the prosecutor in this case.

“Attorney General Khalid Javed has been hostile to Rana Muhammad Shamim since day one despite the fact that he was neither named prosecutor nor plaintiff in the case, but he pointed the finger at the petitioner,” Latif Afridi said. in his request. argued that the conduct of the Attorney General was not that of a disinterested or impartial officer of the law.

Latif Afridi added that the attorney general represents the federal government, which is led by Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan. “The Attorney General is determined to spin this case for ulterior motives and more interested in convicting Rana Muhammad Shamim on the one hand and pleasing the PTI government on the other,” Afridi argued in the request, adding that the conduct gives a strong perception that the Attorney General was acting as an adviser to the political party in power. He added that Rana Muhammad Shamim not only apprehends the Attorney General’s personal hostility, but also believes that he would not conduct the trial fairly.

Latif Afridi argued that the Attorney General of Islamabad is available to the court, which is the head of legal services of the capital territory of Islamabad and that he is the natural choice to be a prosecutor in the normal course . “Therefore, the Advocate General would be in a better position to act as a prosecutor in the circumstances,” Afridi argued.