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Court summons Maryam in contempt case

SUKKUR: In a contempt case filed over her “scandalous remarks” against Supreme Court judges, the Sukkur district and sessions court summoned Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senior Vice President and Chief Organizer Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday.

Additional Meetings Judge Mumtaz Solangi has ordered Maryam Nawaz to appear in court on March 10. He also summoned Sukkur’s senior superintendent of police and officers from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The notice was issued in response to a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sukkur District President Zaheer Babar, who accused the senior PML-N leader of defaming institutions in her address to party workers last week in Sargodha.

PML-N chief organizer expressed reservations about some of the judges on the top court’s nine-member bench, which was formed to hear the suo motu notice regarding the delay in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa polls.

A similar petition is also pending in Lahore High Court against Maryam Nawaz (LHC). During the hearing of the petition against Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday, LHC Justice Shujaat Ali Khan stated that several other petitions of a similar nature had been filed and that he was grouping all of them for hearing on March 6.

Justice Khan also asked the petitioner’s lawyer to inform the court whether a case of insulting Supreme Court judges could be heard in the high court.

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