ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, after a particularly fiery exchange with the attorney general (AG), decided to open a case against PML-N Senator Nehal Hashmi.
Justice Azmat Saeed remarked during the hearing of the suo motu case against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Nehal Hashmi that the incumbent government is acting like the notorious Sicilian Mafia of Italy by threatening the judges.
“We have faced military dictatorships, but even they did not dare threaten our children,” Justice Afzal said to the Attorney General. “Our children are being threatened under your government,” he observed.
Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan chaired the three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) that heard this case, issued show-cause notice to Nehal Hashmi, and directed him to submit reply by June 5. Justice Ejaz Afzal said that the judges are neither afraid of anybody, nor worry about the consequences. Everything that is going on is in our knowledge, he said.
The bench directed Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali, who has been appointed as prosecutor, to collect material related to the case.
On the other hand, Nehal Hashmi said in his defense that I am fasting, and Allah knows that I did not give statement against judiciary, Panama JIT, or any other institution. The apex court then directed the PML-N senator to submit his reply, and said it will compare the written statement with his speech.
It is pertinent here to mention that Nehal Hashmi, warning those who are conducting accountability of Sharif family, had said “We will make this land (Pakistan) narrow for you and your children. You are now in service, but will retire one day. We will not leave you then.” INP/Agencies