SHC gives last chance to Sharjeel to respond


The Sindh High Court on Thursday gave a last chance to Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon to file comments on a petition calling for his disqualification over his alleged contemptuous remarks against the judges.

Headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, a division bench took up a petition filed by United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s secretary general Rana Faizal Hassan, who moved the court citing Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, Sharjeel and the Election Commission of Pakistan as respondents.

In the petition, Rana quoted the information minister as saying the personnel of law enforcement agencies risked their lives to arrest terrorists but judges succumbed to fear and self-interests and released them. He added that the minister further asserted the judges should step down if they lacked courage to punish the hardened criminals.

He said the minister had passed derogatory remarks against the judiciary, which was a violation of the country’s Constitution, which forbids anyone from using derogatory language against judges.

He pleaded the court to summon the complete recording of the provincial minister’s speech, which he made on the floor of the assembly and proceed against him for committing contempt of court.