ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan on Tuesday submitted his third comprehensive reply in contempt of court proceedings in the Supreme Court saying that the word “shamefull” was not an abuse and he could not even think of committing contempt of court.
Imran Khan, in his 21-page written reply furnished by his counsel Hamid Khan, said that in the July 26 press conference, he had criticized returning officers (ROs), district returning officers (DROs) and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), who were assigned the responsibility of performing administrative functions in May 11 general elections and his comments were related to their conduct, which did not come the under contempt of court.
Khan maintained that his criticism was positive and he did not target the judiciary in his press statements or addresses.
It was contended that Imran Khan would appear before the bench whenever required by the apex court.
Supporting his arguments, Imran khan said that his past services to the cause of rule of law and independence of judiciary might be construed in his favour to conclude that he would neither commit contempt of court nor would ever scandalize the court or brough judge into hatred, redicule or contempt.
He requested the court to discharge the show cause notice issued to him in the contempt of court case.
It may be mentioned that a three-judge bench headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will resume hearing the contempt of court case on Wednesday.