Islamabad High Court Dismisses Contempt Appeal Against Nawaz Sharif


The Islamabad High Court (IHC) made a decisive ruling on Wednesday, dismissing a long-pending contempt of court plea against the former three-time Prime Minister and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) supremo, Nawaz Sharif.

The contempt appeal, which dates back to 2018, was filed by a local resident, Adnan Iqbal, citing non-compliance by Nawaz Sharif.

The origins of the contempt of court plea trace back to anti-judiciary remarks made by Nawaz Sharif after his disqualification from the position of Prime Minister. Adnan Iqbal, the petitioner, asserted that Nawaz Sharif consistently disrespected the judiciary and other state institutions through various media platforms.

In response, the petitioner urged the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the former prime minister.

During the proceedings, with no representation on behalf of the petitioner, Chief Justice Aamer Farooq took the understanding of the lack of compliance and subsequently dismissed the contempt petition.

The court’s decision signifies a resolution to the longstanding legal matter, providing clarity on the allegations against Nawaz Sharif in relation to contempt of court.

This ruling not only addresses the specific case initiated by Adnan Iqbal in 2018 but also reflects the broader legal landscape surrounding the contentious issue of contempt of court in Pakistan.

The decision underlines the judiciary’s role in ensuring due process and adherence to legal norms, while also highlighting the importance of compliance in legal proceedings.

As the legal chapter on this particular contempt plea comes to a close, the decision by the Islamabad High Court carries implications for the broader discourse on the balance between freedom of expression and the boundaries set by legal institutions.

It remains to be seen how this ruling may influence future legal proceedings and discussions surrounding the conduct of public figures in relation to the judiciary in Pakistan.

Ammara Ahmed

Ammara Ahmed

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