Strike in Sindh – Contempt notices to Taj, Memon issued

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday issued contempt notices to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders Taj Haider and Sharjeel Memon for calling strike in Sindh on March 11, 2011 against the court’s decision on the appointment of Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah as the NAB chairman.
The court directed the two to appear on April 1. Around seven people, including a teenaged boy, were killed in Karachi and 18 vehicles, several roadside stalls and a container set ablaze in various areas of the city on the day of the strike. The Sindh Assembly had also adopted a resolution unanimously condemning Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s petition against Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah.
The resolution had called the petition “damaging” for inter-provincial harmony and a threat to democracy. The court has now directed Haider and Memon to ascertain if they are liable to be proceeded against for the contempt of court under Article 204, read with Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance of 2003, a press release said.