ISLAMABAD: The Islam­abad High Court (IHC) on Friday dismissed a petit­ion seeking contempt proceeding aga­inst leaders of the Pakistan Democratic Mov­e­ment (PDM) as “non-maintainable”.

The petitioner argued that PDM leadership during a press conference held on July 25, criticised the judiciary, and also attached the transcript of the presser.

On July 25, at the late-night press conference following the Supreme Court’s refusal to constitute a full court to hear the plea regarding the Punjab chief minister’s election, the ruling coalition announced a boycott of the proceedings.

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, who heard the petition seeking contempt proceedings against the PDM leaders, observed that the coalition leaders did not utter any word against judges of Islamabad’s judiciary and suggested the petitioner take up this matter with the persons concerned.

He asked why the petitioner, who was a resident of Lahore, had to approach the Islamabad High Court. Since the counsel could not give a cogent argument for the maintainability of the petition, Justice Kayani dismissed the application without even issuing notices to the respondents.

Published in Dawn, August 27th, 2022

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