Abidi submits unconditional apology to SC

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court received a written apology from Faisal Raza Abidi today, as he apologised for his “uncalled for conduct and remarks against the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan”.

The former senator, in his apology, said he “has no logic, reason or argument to defend his uncalled for conduct” and “promised that in future [he] will not repeat the grievous mistake”.

The top court had taken a suo motu notice over Abidi’s alleged anti-judiciary remarks and a hearing of the case is scheduled for Dec 19.

Abidi, in his apology, said that he had sent an apology from Adiala jail, Rawalpindi — where he is currently detained — earlier as well but it had been returned. The former senator urged the Supreme Court to “graciously” accept his apology and pardon him in the suo motu case.

Cases against Abidi

Abidi is facing two other cases for defamation of judiciary and usage of threatening language.

The former senator first came under heat after a video of his interview went viral on social media, in which his language was deemed abusive, contemptuous and threatening in an FIR that was registered earlier. He was also accused of levelling allegations against government institutions which have been created via the Constitution. He also levelled accusations against individuals holding the highest constitutional posts, the FIR said.

The case was registered with the Secretariat police under different sections of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and Section 7 of ATA in response to a complaint lodged by Shahid Hussain Kambyo, the public relations officer of the SC.

Another case was registered against Abidi with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 for his remarks in another programme titled Subah Subah Naya Pakistan aired on web channel Naya Pakistan on July 2.

It says that during the course of his appearance on the show, the accused, with criminal intent and ulterior motives and without any lawful justification used sarcastic, derogatory, disrespectful and defamatory language against the chief justice etc. which it says is tantamount to creating a sense of fear, panic and insecurity among the government, general public and society.

The case was transferred by an ATC to a cyber crime court of the FIA.  — Dawn

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