LAHORE: On behalf of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Lawyers Forum Punjab chapter, Mian Sharif Zafar Joya has filed a contempt of court petition against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for allegedly storming the courtroom of the Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice on May 7 along with a large number of party workers.
Khan had arrived in the LHC to attend the hearing of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq’s petition, challenging an election tribunal’s orders on the election petition of the PTI chief for inspection of polling record of NA-122 constituency in Lahore.
Petitioner Joya stated that the incident took place at the entrance of the courtroom on Wednesday as a number of PTI supporters created disturbance.
He stated that court premises and courtrooms are considered solemn places around the world and that it was a matter of common sense that even a right to peaceful assembly could not be extended to court premises as that would entitle any group of persons to violate public order by simply staging a sit-in inside court premises, completely jeopardising the ability of courts to dispense justice.
He stated that the right to form or become a member of a political party was enshrined in the Constitution but that this right was subject to reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of sovereignty or integrity of Pakistan or public order. He stated the judiciary was an independent organ of the state and any violation of the integrity of the courts was, therefore, a violation of the integrity of Pakistan.
He stated that the act of Imran Khan lowered the esteem of courts in the eyes of public, which was contempt of court; thus, Khan was liable to be proceeded against in contempt proceedings.
The petitioner requested the court to hold Imran Khan responsible for committing contempt of court and punish him under the law. He also requested the court to stop Imran Khan from entering the premises of the high court without obtaining prior permission.
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