ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday de-notified Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader from the Upper House of the Parliament.
It read in the notice: “in terms of Article 63(1) (g) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, the Election Commission of Pakistan hereby issues Notification of disqualification of Nehal Hashmi as Senator with effect from 1.02.2018”.
A by-election on his seat will be held before the general March 3 election. Meanwhile, Hashmi on Friday was shifted to the hospital at Adiala Jail after complaining of chest pain.
The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Hashmi to one-month imprisonment and barred him from holding public office for five years as it announced its verdict in the contempt of court case registered against Hashmi over his threatening speech against the judiciary last year.
A three-member bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justices Dost Mohammad and Maqbool Baqar gave the decision in a 2-1 order with Justice Dost abstaining.
The top court also imposed a fine of Rs50,000 on the senator.
Further, the bench dismissed an unconditional apology, which Hashmi had submitted to the court on January 24 for his threatening video message against “those investigating” former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.
Following the order, Nehal Hashmi was taken into police custody by officials present in court. He was taken to the Secretariat Police Station and later shifted to Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.
A few hours after the verdict was announced, Hashmi filed an appeal against the judgment, saying that he has already issued an apology. He maintained that he “did not threaten anyone” in his May 2017 speech.
The controversy started in May 2017 when a video emerged of Hashmi in which he was seen threatening the prime minister’s ‘political enemies’.
Nehal Hashmi, warning those who were conducting accountability of Sharif family, said in a public rally, “We will make this land (Pakistan) narrow for you and your children. You are now in service but will retire one day. We will not leave you then.”
“You are making the life of the prime minister difficult. The Pakistani nation will make it difficult for you to live,” he had added, without taking any names.
“We are the workers of Nawaz Sharif… We will make an example of those who hold us accountable,” Hashmi can be heard saying in a video which went viral on social media. “We will not spare those who have held us accountable and who are making us accountable,” he continued. The video was reportedly shot as Hashmi addressed a gathering on May 28.
Hashmi had also threatened Imran Khan and said, “The nation will also make this land narrow for those who live in Bani Gala.”
He might regret to be a ‘yes man’ and so blindly. He is not the only one who threw threats at the Judiciary and Judges – there is long line of those belittling judiciary, abusing, insulting and inciting people against the Highest Judiciary of the country and for a long time. Like demanded a TIP leader, similar action should also be taken against ALL others, irrespective who and who NOT. This could be a ‘trailer’ of the coming film.
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