ISLAMABAD: A three-member larger bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former prime minister Imran Khan directing him to personally appear on August 31 in contempt proceedings against him for his controversial remarks about additional sessions judge Islamabad Zeba Chaudhry, who approved two-day remand of his chief of staff Shahbaz Gill in a sedition case.
The larger bench comprised Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Babar Sattar. The larger bench was constituted on Monday. Appearing on notice, Advocate General Islamabad Jahangir Khan Jadoon apprised the court that he had filed a miscellaneous application seeking permission to put Imran’s controversial statements against state institutions on record.
To a court query, Jadoon stated that the PTI chief had made the objectionable remarks while addressing a rally in F-9 park Islamabad on Saturday. He contended that Imran Khan was repeatedly making controversial statements about the judiciary and the Election Commission of Pakistan, and was obstructing justice.
To a court query, the Advocate General said prime facie, a show-cause notice should be issued to Imran Khan. Meanwhile, the court issued a show-cause notice to Imran Khan and sent the case to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial for constitution of a bench comprising more than three judges.
Imran Khan was booked under Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (punishment for acts of terrorism) after his controversial and threatening remarks to the female additional session judge. He, however, was granted protective bail by the IHC on Monday in the case till August 25.