Contempt Day’ in Supreme Court on 12th
By: Hasnaat malik
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday decided to take up contempt petitions against people holding top offices, including President Asif Zardari, on September 12 in dual nationality case.
The court has filed a petition, seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against President Asif Zardari for administering oath to Interior Minister Rehman Malik after his re-election as a senator. The bench will also take up a contempt-of-court petition against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Law Minister Farooq Naek and others for approving dual nationality bill from the cabinet and tabling it in the Senate, when the matter was sub judice.
Likewise, a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, also fixed several miscellaneous petitions in dual nationality case, filed by Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Attorney General Irfan Qadir, Law Secretary Yasmeen Abbasi and others.
Talking to Daily Times, Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi said that the court had fixed several petitions, seeking to start contempt proceedings against the president, the premier, the law minister, the interior minister and the attorney general. Giving details about miscellaneous petitions, Naqvi said that he had requested the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against President Asif Zardari for holding the re-election of Rehman Malik as senator, when his case regarding dual nationality was before a court of law.
Naqvi also said the approval of dual nationality bill in the cabinet was in violation of Article 68 of the constitution. He pleaded the bench to initiate contempt proceedings against the PM.
The petitioner said that he requested the court to start contempt proceeding against the interior minister for misleading the bench in dual nationality case and not producing record about the renouncing of his British nationality. In his fourth petition, Naqvi requested the court to issue contempt notice to the attorney general for not properly assisting the bench in the case. The court adjourned next hearing until September 12.