Minister apologises, IHC drops contempt notice

Minister apologises, IHC  drops contempt notice

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday disposed of a contempt notice against Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after tendering of unconditional apology by the minister.
A single-member bench, comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, issued the directive while hearing a contempt plea against the minister, which was filed by Javed Akbar, a counsel for CNG stations’ owners. The petroleum minister appeared before the court of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui and said that he unintentionally used the word “unfortunate” during a recent press conference. Abbasi said that it was a “slip of tongue”, adding that he always held judiciary in highest respect.
Earlier, the Islamabad High Court had summoned Abbasi for his alleged contemptuous remarks about the judgement of the court regarding reopening of CNG stations. At a press conference on January 11, Abbasi had said there had been a serious gas crisis in the country for three weeks because of cold weather and higher demand of gas, and the IHC decision to restore gas supply to CNG stations.
The notice was issued on the petition filed by the CNG Association, in which it quoted Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as saying that the Islamabad High Court was responsible for gas load shedding. It is pertinent to mention here that the IHC had ordered federal authorities to restore thrice a week gas supply schedule for Islamabad, Rawalpindi areas, setting aside all objections raised by the concerned quarters. The IHC issued a contempt of court notice to Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and sought his reply on Jan 20. 

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