IHC warns Rana Shamim of contempt charges if affidavit not submitted

IHC warns Rana Shamim of contempt charges  if affidavit not submitted

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday said the former chief justice of Gilgit-Baltistan, Rana M Shamim, will be indicted in the contempt of court case if he fails to produce the original affidavit by Monday.
During the hearing of the case, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah expressed displeasure over Shamim’s refusal to submit the original document, the contents of which were reported in a national daily.
In his affidavit, Rana Shamim had alleged that former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar had influenced the case against ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif by allegedly ordering a judge to keep the former premier and his daughter Maryam Nawaz in jail till general elections in July 2018. Justice (retd) Nisar has denied these allegations.
Response submitted in IHC
In a response submitted to the IHC in connection with the contempt proceedings against him, Rana Shamim said, “The affidavit referred in the show-cause notice has neither been circulated to the press by the answering respondent nor has it been shared with anyone, with the intent that same may be made public.”
“Had there been any intention of ridiculing the judiciary, the same would have been tendered in Pakistan and released to various media outlets,” he stated in his response.
According to Shamim, he got the affidavit notarized in London because he had no “intention of making it public during his lifetime”. “[I] handed it over to my grandson [in London] with a clear instruction that neither he would open it nor share the same with anyone.”
According to the former judge, he had no idea how Ansar Abbasi got his hands on the affidavit and published it in his newspaper.
The response submitted to the court also said that the court cannot proceed against him and he didn’t publish or circulate the affidavit. He added that the conversation between Saqib Nisar and the ex-G-B judge took place in an area outside the territory of Pakistan.
Shamim added he was ready to “state the facts” on solemn oath and confront former CJP Saqib Nisar, adding that the event mentioned in his affidavit occurred on July 15, 2018.
He further said that he cannot even comprehend to cause aspersions on the integrity of the judicial process, adding that he expressed his regret if he caused any annoyance to the court.
After the hearing, Rana Shamim talked to media persons outside the high court. During the conversation, Shamim alleged that he was being harassed and followed by the personnel of intelligence agencies.
In response to a question about whether he was receiving threats, Shamim said he didn’t receive threats from anyone, just the constant following.