Minister under prob over terming Nawaz release 'deal'

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan for terming the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as a deal between him and government institutions.
Lawyer Khalid Mehmood Khan in the petition mentioned aviation minister and chairman Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) as respondents.
IHC is expected to take up the petition on Monday when it will resume contempt proceedings against Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Aviation Minister Khan during a talk show on a private television had said that ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif had been released as a result of a deal with the government.
The IHC recently suspended Nawaz Sharif’s sentence for eight weeks after a medical board appointed by the Punjab government declared his condition as “critical and serious.”
The petition said that the PTI minister’s remarks gave the impression that the judiciary had played a role in the release from jail of the former prime minister.
“Being a citizen of this country, (the) petitioner has a basic right to know about the facts whether such kind of ‘deal’ reached between Nawaz Sharif and the government. If the answer is yes then it is a question mark on the independence of the institutions of this country and if answer is no then why a responsible leader of PTI and federal minister of this country gave such kind of irresponsible statement.”
The petition said that the minister’s comment worked “to malign the dignity of this honorable court that accepted the petition and granted bail to Nawaz Sharif for eight weeks hence the statement of respondent No 1 [Ghulam Sarwar Khan] falls in the ambit of contempt of this court.”