Nehal Hashmi submits intra-court appeal in contempt of court case


ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Nehal Hashmi on Tuesday submitted an intra-court appeal in Supreme Court (SC) against his sentence in contempt of court case.

In the plea, Hashmi stated that his speeches don’t come under contempt of court as he is also a lawyer by profession, continuing that he was indicted despite filing unconditional apology.

He said that the court should have shown lenient behaviour in his case as the record did not show any contempt of court attempt.

Hashmi, a veteran PML-N politician, was on February 1 sentenced to a month in prison and barred from holding public office for next five years by the SC as a punishment for a contemptuous speech he made. He was formally denotified from his Senate seat on Friday by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

As soon as he was sent to Adiala Jail, the lawmaker had complained of chest pains, after which some of his fellow party workers had pushed for his transfer to PIMS. A medical team visited the jail on Saturday and, after a checkup, found that Hashmi only had a cold, flu and seemed to be suffering from stress.

The doctors said they had found nothing out of the ordinary with Hashmi’s heart, also noting that his blood pressure was normal.