The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday unanimously discharged the contempt notice against former prime minister Imran Khan.

A larger bench, headed by IHC Cheif Justice Athar Minallah and comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, and Justice Babar Sattar, heard the case.

The former prime minister was facing contempt charges for his controversial remarks about woman judge Zeba Chaudhry during a rally in Islamabad on August 20.

At the outset of hearing, CJ Minallah said that the bench has seen the affidavit submitted by Imran Khan.

“Imran Khan demonstrated honesty and went to apologise to the judge,” he remarked, adding that discharging the contempt notice is the bench’s unanimous decision.

Justice Minallah also stated that the court is also “satisfied” with Imran Khan’s conduct.

Later, Imran said that the court has taken a “great decision.”

Earlier, while speaking to the journalists outside the court, the PTI chief said that the party would not go back to the National Assembly.

The former premier, talking about the return of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s passport, said that the nation is upset as these “thieves” are getting NRO II.

“It is proved that there is no rule of law in this country,” he responded.

THE CASE HISTORY: At a hearing on September 22, Imran had surprisingly apologised before the IHC and assured the bench that he would not issue such a statement again.

Considering his apology, the court delayed his indictment.

In his latest response, although mentioning that he “might have crossed a red line while making a public speech,” Imran fell short of apologising for his remarks.

He stated that he assured the court that he was willing to explain and clarify before the judge that neither he nor his party sought any action against her, and he would “never do anything in future” that would hurt the dignity of any court and the judiciary, especially the lower judiciary.

The PTI chairman added that he is willing to take any further steps that the IHC deems necessary and that he never intended to interfere with the process of the court or impugn the dignity or independence of the judiciary.

Earlier, Imran reached the court of judge Zeba Chaudhry to “personally” tender his apology, but she was on leave that day.


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