Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah gave remarks regarding the case of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Senior Anchorperson Sami Ibrahim.
The court told FIA to take notice of how this case can be filed on Sami Ibrahim?
FIA told that on the order of the IHC a meeting was held between the Pakistan Federation Union of Journalists (PFUJ).
At the outset of the hearing, the court asked, “did you take any so-motto or have taken action against the journalists?”
FIA answered that they have not sent notice to Arshad Sharif.
The court then asked why have they sent notice to Sami Ibrahim to which the court was informed that the action was taken on the basis of the video.
The Chief Justice then turned to Sami Ibrahim and asked, “To whom did you say in your video that they have gathered?”
Sami Ibrahim replied, “I asked the question that was developing in the minds of people.”
Athar Minallah then told that Pakistan has seen martial law for 35 years. The constitution was dissolved two times. The Constitution of Pakistan was also called a piece of paper. Army has its own domain of respect, they are also sacrificing their lives for the country.
The Chief Justice gave remarks, “The army will be respected when they will fulfill their constitutional duties. How did FIA Send notice to Sami Ibrahim? Our Army is not so fragile that on such statements they will be dispersed.”
The Judge then gave added, “People question opening the courts at midnight. I will answer it now that the courts have the duty to protect the constitution. When such statements do not bother the court, then why does it matters to FIA?”
The court also remarked on the skeptical deed of FIA on social media and why the agency focused on social media while ignoring the rest of the duties. CJ also inquired about who petitioned the case against Sami Ibrahim?
To this question, FIA replied that they filed this petition as it was part of the investigation.
Senior Anchor Person Sami Ibrahim replied, “I raised a journalistic question, it was not against judiciary or army.”
The court told Sami Ibrahim to send his answers to FIA through PFUJ. The court also told FIA to review this case again.
“People say things related to the courts, but the court never feared anyone” Athar Minallah added.
Chief Justice Athar Minallah adjourned the hearing till June.
Courtesy Bol News