Lahore High Court disposes of appeal against Maryam Nawaz's criticism of judges

Lahore High Court disposes of appeal against Maryam Nawaz’s criticism of judges

LAHORE (Tweet BaBa) – The Lahore High Court (LHC) has disposed of an intra-court appeal against a single-judge bench’s ruling that had rejected a contempt petition against Maryam Nawaz, the senior vice president of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), over her remarks against judges of the Supreme Court.

The two-member bench, headed by LHC’s Justice Ali Baqar Najafi, wrapped up the appeal after it was withdrawn by complainant Advocate Rana Shahid.

During the hearing, Shahid told the bench that he wanted to take back his petition. The jurists approved his plea and disposed of the case. Shahid had filed the intra-court appeal after a single bench had dismissed his petition seeking contempt proceedings against Maryam Nawaz.

The petition had alleged that Maryam Nawaz had targeted some of the judges of the top court’s bench at a public gathering in Sargodha on February 23. She had expressed reservations over the inclusion of some judges in the bench, saying they had been part of the benches that had issued verdicts against PML-N leadership.

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Maryam Nawaz has been an outspoken critic of the judiciary, particularly in cases involving her family members. She has been convicted in corruption cases and has accused the judiciary of being biased against her family.

The LHC’s decision to dispose of the appeal against Maryam Nawaz’s remarks is seen as a victory for her and her party, which has been embroiled in a bitter political feud with the ruling party of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The disposal of the appeal also highlights the challenges faced by Pakistan’s judiciary in maintaining its independence and impartiality in the face of political pressure and criticism.

Farhad Safi
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