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February 20, 2018

LHC reserves verdict in contempt case against bar chief 

Lahore

February 20, 2018

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Bar Association-Multan bench president Sher Zaman Qureshi, who had refused to appear before former chief justice of the Lahore High Court in a contempt case against him, finally turned up before a full bench led by new Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali.

A bench headed by former chief justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued a notice to Sher Zaman under contempt of court charge last year but he never appeared. During his Monday’s appearance before the newly-constituted bench, Mr Qureshi told Chief Justice Yawar Ali that he had a great respect for the courts and never thought of disrespecting them. He also submitted his written reply before the bench. The bench reserved the verdict on the contempt proceedings.

The former chief justice had initiated contempt proceedings against Qureshi and another lawyer for misbehaving a judge at Multan seat. The bench headed by the former chief justice had also issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of Qureshi, however, withdrew the same after some senior bar’s leaders promised to make him produce before the court. However, Mr Qureshi refused to appear before the high court, however, made his appearance before Supreme Court when Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the contempt proceedings on his personal appeal.

On September 6, 2017, CJP Saqib Nisar heard the appeal of Qureshi and summoned a report from the LHC registrar on the matter and also expected that the larger bench of the high court would not hold its further proceedings and wait for the decision. After that the high court kept adjourning the hearing to wait for a decision from the apex court.

reserved: Additional District and Session's Judge Irfan Basra on Monday reserved verdict on a bail application filed by actress and model Faiqa Iftikhar, an accused booked by FIA on the charges of uploading objectionable pictures of another woman.

Federal Investigation Agency had registered a case against Faiqa Iftikhar on an application filed by one Tasneem Firdos. The applicant alleged in her application that Faiqa uploaded her objectionable pictures on social media on which the FIA registered a case against Faiqa.