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Contempt proceedings against Matti Ullah: IHC grants more time to submit reply.

ISLAMABAD -- Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday granted more time to anchorperson Matti Ullah Jan to consult his lawyer whether he intended to contest the contempt of court proceedings or to tender unconditional apology.Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the contempt of court proceedings against anchor person, Matti Ullah Jan, Rameeza Majeed Nizami, owner of Waqt TV channel, its bureau chief and producers of the programme 'Apna Apna Gareban'. During the course of proceedings, CD of programme 'Apna Apna Gareban', hosted by Matti Ullah Jan on 5th of February 2018, was played in presence of all the respondents. Justice Siddiqui observed that the programme was not only motivated but an intentional effort to malign the institution of judiciary, to disgrace the office of Chief Justice of Pakistan and this Court.

When the bench asked the respondents regarding their point of view on the programme, the counsel for Rameeza Majid Nizami, who had appeared in person before the court in compliance with earlier court orders, submitted that his clients intends to tender unconditional apology in writing.

However, Matti Ullah Jan sought few days to consult his lawyer to make any statement as to whether he intended to contest the proceedings or to tender unconditional apology as other respondents intended to.

The court observed that an opportunity may be given to the respondents and adjourned further hearing of the till February 19.

The bench also exempted Ms. Rameeza Majeed Nizami from appearance on next hearing.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 17, 2018
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