Wednesday Nov 07, 2018
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday indicted TV anchor and MNA Aamir Liaquat Hussain in a contempt of court case.
The indictment came as a two-judge bench comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Umar Atta Bandial heard a contempt of court case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA and rejected his unconditional apology.
“I seek an unconditional apology and leave myself at the mercy of the court,” Liaquat said during the hearing.
“I have also apologised before,” the TV host added.
However, Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked, “We had set today as the date for indictment and the time for apologies has passed.”
The court then indicted Hussain under article 204(3) of the Constitution. The MNA pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The SC had earlier said that Hussain had violated court orders on March 6, 2017 and that counted as contempt of court.
In August, the SC had slapped contempt of court charges against Hussain while taking up a petitions filed by Geo News anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada, Independent Media Group, Jang and Geo Group.
The petitioners had pleaded that contempt proceedings be initiated against Hussain, as the court had allowed him to continue his programme on the condition that he would abstain from using derogatory words against anyone. However, Hussain did not comply with court orders and used derogatory language against Jang, Geo Group and termed the Chief Executive of Jang and Geo Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Mir Ibrahim and anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada.